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

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. 

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…