The Giving Circles Fund uses the power of collective action to create lasting change. The organization was founded on the premise that anyone can become a generous, committed and strategic giver. Recognizing that affordability, knowledge and impact are a barrier to entry for many people who want to give back, GCF developed an innovative online platform that has helped emerging philanthropists grant hundreds of thousands of dollars to deserving nonprofits across the country. In early 2016, Giving Circles Fund merged with the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF) in order to scale its impact. GCF and LAAF were natural partners because of our shared values and complementary programs, technology and educational content. LAAF’s founder and president, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, has championed giving circles since founding the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) over 18 years ago. SV2 has grown from a small giving circle into the second largest venture philanthropy partnership in the world, and continues to grow its number of partners, total grantmaking and impact beyond the Silicon Valley community.






Why Give: Information for Next Gen Donors

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Giving Circles Fund

If every person in their 20s and 30s gave 1% of his or her income to philanthropy each year, it would translate into $16 billion in annual support for non-profit organizations. To put this in perspective, $16 billion is more money than 11 states spend each year, and equal to NASA’s 2012 budget… Read More