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. We believe in the power of collective giving to make great change, and are proud to administer the following circles at the Foundation.
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 $8,000.00 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 and select 20/20 Sisters of Vision (under Choose a Fund) to donate to this Giving Circle.
The Art of Giving (TAG)
The Art of Giving Fund is a Triangle women’s collective administered by Triangle Community Foundation. The mission of the fund is to address issues that affect girls, women, and their families.
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 donation of $600 annually. With this fund, TAG will award grants to non-profit agencies in the Triangle that support women and families. 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. For more information on TAG or how to join click here.
The Beehive Collective is a Raleigh-centric giving circle that began in 2007 made up primarily women but welcome everyone! By pooling resources and organizing fun events, like Annual Bee Ball, the group raises money to fund community projects. Members of the Beehive Collective are interested in supporting the development of women through local activities and leadership opportunities. Each member contributes 0.5% of their income and ,in turn, have voting rights for giving theme and grant recipients. Each year the group gives out a small grant focused on women’s empowerment, choose an annual giving theme, and call for grant proposals around that topic. Over the fall, the group’s Grants committee narrows down the proposals we receive through due diligence and full membership picks the winner at the end of the year.
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. Four of those giving circles, NGAAP, A LOT, Heritage Quilters, and 20/20 Sisters of Vision are hosted at the Foundation and impact the lives of communities of color right here in the Triangle.
A Divine Collective
The giving circle was formed by an African American family in Durham to support local youth in their educational pursuits. Its grant funding focuses on organizations that target the needs of young parents balancing financial obligations and the cost of advanced education. The founders were teenage parents who overcame the challenges of rearing a young child with the collective help of family and community support. A Divine Collective’s mission is to be a contributing solution for young parents requiring financial assistance toward vocational certifications and community college or university degrees. The fund founders firmly believe young parents and their offspring flourish with well targeted financial solutions. Click here and select A Divine Collective (under Choose a Fund) to donate to this Giving Circle.
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. Click here and select Heritage Quilters (under Choose a Fund) to donate to this Giving Circle.
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. Click here and select ALOT (under Choose a Fund) to donate to this Giving Circle.
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 makes grants to charities that contribute to improving the lives of citizens and the state of North Carolina, starting in the Triangle region, using their combined resources to help achieve a greater quality of life for the greatest number of people. Nonprofits in the Triangle may apply for these grants on an annual basis. The Collective’s focus areas change each year as they rotate between four themes: arts, education, health, and poverty. The focus for the 2018 grant cycle will be on Health.
Next Generation of African American Philanthropists (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. Click here and select NGAAP (under Choose a Fund) to donate to this Giving Circle.