You may not have called it a "giving circle" but you are probably familiar with the idea. A giving circle is a group of volunteers raising, pooling, and granting money together. Giving circles allow for a wide range of giving style, philosophy, and values. Some giving circle members donate money, while others volunteer their time, skills, and expertise in the organizations that their giving circle funds. Members often meet and eat; they laugh; they choose a wrong to right. They pool their resources and make a plan to go about being a force for good in their community. Giving circles also provide social networks, leadership development, peer support, and learning among its members.
The National Giving Circle Campaign is the concrete expression of community philanthropy-- it is an opportunity to harness community resources, build awareness of community needs, and inspire and foster the spirit of individual giving.