A National Scan of Giving Circles and Shared Giving – Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Giving circles have not been widely studied. In this report, New Ventures describes the results of a national scan of giving circles, explores the unique characteristics of these circles, and discusses the significance of the phenomenon in the context of today’s philanthropic landscape. By no means did we capture all the circles alive in the country in our sample. The Web-based Giving Circles Knowledge Center exists to provide information and resources to new or established circles and to grow and share new knowledge about giving circles.