While not a new concept, giving circles have become an increasingly popular and important form of philanthropy, allowing a group of individuals to combine resources to have a larger funding impact on an organization or issue area.
Though the amount of money individual members contribute to their giving circles may be relatively small, the impact of those dollars is significant and far reaching. We believe in the power of giving circles, and are proud to administer the following circles at the Foundation.
The Art of Giving Fund is a Triangle women’s collective jointly administered by Triangle Community Foundation and North Carolina Community Foundation. The mission of the fund is to address issues that affect women. In its 2015-2016 grant cycle, the Art of Giving will be funding nonprofits and/or programs that support and empower the lives of young women and girls, ages 10 – 20, in the Triangle.
The Art of Giving is a fund designed for women who want to help others who are in need in our community. By becoming a member of this group and reaching out to other women in the Triangle to join TAG, members have an opportunity to fund programs that will make a substantial difference in the lives of others.
TAG members accomplish the fund’s mission by committing to a membership fee of $600 annually for three consecutive years. With this fund, TAG will award grants to non-profit agencies in the Triangle that support women and families and will also provide educational programs and mentor women of all ages. Each member receives one vote to determine the organizations and programs to receive grant funding.
The group is passionate in its belief that informed, empowered women can and do build stronger families, communities and economies. The Art of Giving invites all women to join together to realize the power that collective philanthropy can and does have on our community. If you have any questions or would like to join, please feel free to contact Katie Crumpler at North Carolina Community Foundation 919.828.4387.
Pollinating community giving in Raleigh by inspiring young women to lead.
The Beehive Collective is a giving circle made up primarily of young women in Raleigh. This group, established in 2007, organizes fun projects to raise funds to support causes they care about. In 2011, they granted $20,000 to Wake Up Wake County to promote the proposed Wake County transit plan through public education, civic engagement and advocacy, and to follow the Unified Development Ordinance in Raleigh which addresses development and zoning. Funding from The Beehive Collective also enabled the organization to hire a full time grassroots organizer for transit.
A Legacy of Tradition (ALOT) is a Giving Circle comprised of ordinary African American men. Its members are collectively engaged and focused on impacting and bridging the societal gaps faced by African-American males in the areas of education, collective giving, and community responsibility. This group looks at a myriad of issues facing economically disadvantaged students. When the men of A LOT learned that African American boys comprise 65% of the suspensions in the Wake County school district, they conducted their own research and as a result were asked to be members of the Economically Disadvantaged Student Performance Task Force for Wake County Schools. The members of A LOT have shown that the impact of giving circles on a community can go far beyond dollars by diversifying the voices and perspectives addressing community needs. Kudos to A Legacy of Tradition (A LOT), winner of The 2012 Best Giving Circle Award by BlackCelebrityGiving.com.
Some believe that the power to heal and the power to love are two of the gifts found in quilts and quilting. It is the power of quilting that gave birth to the Heritage Quilters in late spring, 2001. The Heritage Quilters are twenty-four women and men from Halifax, Vance, and Warren counties, North Carolina. The mission of the Heritage Quilters is simply to support, encourage, and document quilting traditions and activities.
The Longleaf Collective is a nonpartisan giving circle of members ages 18-40 that believes in the ability to make a meaningful impact in the state of North Carolina. Through a donation of 1/2% of the salary of each member, the collective will be able to make innovative gifts of up to $20,000 each year to charities that contribute to improving the citizens and the state of North Carolina, starting in the Triangle area. The collective will have a core focus on using combined resources to achieve a greater quality of life for the greatest number of people.
Next Generation of African American Philanthropist (NGAAP)
NGAAP is a philanthropic vehicle that promotes collective giving of time, talent and treasure (T3). As a collective group, members of NGAAP pool their contributions and strategically invest to improve the quality of life for African Americans in North Carolina’s Triangle Region. In 2011, NGAAP supported Movement of Youth (MOY), a comprehensive educational and mentoring nonprofit based in the Triangle, to take forty-five local high school students to New Jersey and New York to tour Princeton University and Columbia University. MOY members participated in a variety of activities including admissions presentations and a panel discussion with Columbia’s Black Student Consortium.
20/20 Sisters of Vision
Formed in 2008, the 20/20 Sisters of Vision, is a Giving Circle of women of color, who participate in both charitable and strategic giving. Our mission is to empower women and families, in local and global communities, by enabling them to improve their quality of life, in areas such as health, education, economic development and spirituality. Our commitment is to combine our time, our talents, and our financial resources to do this pivotal work. Since its inception, 20/20 Sisters of Vision, has made small grants, totaling in excess of $8000.00 to various organizations, and occasional charitable gifts to individuals. In 2011 grants were made to the Area Wide Health Committee of Tillery and the Lott Carey Women’s Auxilary’s Ethiopia Project. In 2012 the Circle is developing strategic alliances with organizations in Durham County, North Carolina, that are actively working to improve the success of at risk youth, while continuing to partner with groups that improve the lives of women and children internationally. Click here to donate to 20/20 Sisters of Vision.
CIN is a national network of giving circles founded in 2003 by Darryl Lester, a former Triangle Community Foundation staff member. CIN giving circles serve as a place of inspiration and connection, where African Americans and communities of color leverage their collective resources of time, talent, and treasure to bring about the change they wish to see. Five of those giving circles, NGAAP, A LOT, Heritage Quilters, 20/20 Sisters of Vision, and Way Out, are hosted at the Foundation and impact the lives of communities of color right here in the Triangle.