Everyday Givers

Black-led Giving Circles have inspired a movement and define what it means to democratize philanthropy

The Sweetness of Circles

The Sweetness of Circles is an important and timely opinion piece on the deep significance of Black-led giving circles and why we need more now. Visit the Medium account Black Giving 365 and join the conversation. “Unlike other communities of color and historically disenfranchised groups, for Black Americans giving circles affirm an African legacy. Contributions from…

Meet The South Side Queenmakers

More than 30 women have teamed up to to invest in Black Women and Girls in Chicago. The initiative is called QUEENMAKERS: Power Transformation for Black Girls from the South Side Giving Circle at the Chicago Foundation for Women. 

International Fellows Program Alumni Conference

Cheers to a successful International Fellows Program Alumni Conference! The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center, City University of New York International Fellows Program Alumni in Milan, Italy

The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy (Full Text)

The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy: How community-based philanthropy can be strengthened by forging a bond between community foundations and Black giving circles in the United States is being featured in the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s spotlight on community foundations. Visit the website for the full text and other research by…

GoWomen

Defined in simplest terms, philanthropy means the love of humanity.

Case Study: Together We Give

“In today’s world where individual giving often means writing a check, giving circles offer a more participatory form of grantmaking” – GRANTCRAFT a service of Foundation Center Developed as part of a series of stories shared through the Pittsburgh Philanthropy Project, Together We Give is a case study featuring Sankofa Fund of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The study…

Remembering Actor and Philanthropist Bill Nunn

On October 20th, Film Director Spike Lee announced the opportunity to pre-order the 40 Acres X Bill Nunn Legacy Foundation Radio Raheem Tee, a special limited edition release featuring original artwork by XPayne Art.  All proceeds from sales go to the POISE Foundation’s Bill Nunn Legacy Fund which primarily supports the Bill Nunn Theater Outreach Project . The POISE Foundation is…

Celebrating 8 Years of Black Philanthropy

Eight years ago, my friend Tracey Webb (left) created something amazing and truly unique in BlackGivesBack.com.  Today she shared her farewell message for the blog. I salute Tracey for her dedication! She showcased a reality in philanthropy that many  never knew existed. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to her great work…

Community Foundations & Giving Circles in the News

It has been a great news week for giving circles.  I’m particularly grateful for the Nonprofit Quarterly article, Asian Giving Circles Bring Heart, Focus & Community to Individual Philanthropy.  In it, Editor-in-Chief Ruth McCambridge writes: Some observe that giving circles hold great promise for a more grounded form of community-based philanthropy. This report, entitled “The Value…