the value of giving circles

Cultural Currency--#1Billion4BlackGirls--Lessons--Liberation

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I wrote The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy as a 2012 Emerging Leaders International Fellow at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The Graduate Center at The City University of New York. In it, I proposed how community-based philanthropy could be strengthened by forging a bond between community foundations and Black-led giving circles in the United States.
As I revisit this work, re-examining community foundations and providing updated information about featured giving circles, I aim to facilitate learning for the broader field of philanthropy — placing emphasis on the replicable ways Black-led giving circles achieve success.
Are you a member of a giving circle? I want to hear from you. Share your success story and what makes your circle unique. How do you define your circle’s value in the community you serve?

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Black-led Giving Circles have inspired a movement and define what it means to democratize philanthropy. Read: Everyday Givers to learn more.




Register: The Power of Giving Circles to Democratize Philanthropy
Join me and my colleagues, Halima Leak Francis, Ph.D. and Chantal Bonitto in a live conversation about giving circles and the future of philanthropy. We will explore ways to harness the true power of collective giving by acknowledging and understanding the pivotal role of Black-led giving circles. This special NYU alumni event is open to the public.



For too long, philanthropy has overlooked the needs of Black girls and women. Until now. Help us mobilize #1Billion4BlackGirls and support our collective liberation. Visit: Black Girl Freedom Fund

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