Everyday Givers

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

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…

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

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…

C.S. Mott Foundation and the Fellowship Experience

From the BlackGivesBack Facebook page: “We’re proud of BGB contributor Akira Barclay, a 2012 Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society International Fellow! Her research topic focused on the evolution of Black giving circles and community foundations. She shared, “I will continue to use my position as a thought leader in the field to promote the…

COF Fall 2014 Conference for Community Foundations #CF100

Global Perspectives for Local Action – Next week I will join Anderson Giovani da Silva, CEO, ICom – Instituto Comunitario Grande Florianopolis for a panel discussion about community philanthropy experiences and strategies from global practice.  I look forward to sharing how giving circles are strengthening the work of community philanthropy.

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…

The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy

The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy, the final research paper from my time in the 2012 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program is now available from the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. I regard my time as a Fellow as one of the richest learning experiences of my life and one that has…