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Websites on Collective Giving

Philanos is the international network of women’s collective giving groups. The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund is a founding member organization of the network. It supports the creation, development and expansion of collective giving circles by giving a national voice to the high-impact collective giving movement. Philanos at a Glance: • More than 17,500 women strong. • More than 70 member organizations worldwide. • Granted more than $140 Million to nonprofit organizations.

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute The Women’s Philanthropy Institute exists to conduct, curate, and disseminate research that grows women’s philanthropy. Very interesting research website.

Suggested Books

Reinventing Fundraising: Realizing the Potential of Women’s Philanthropy, Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor

Something Ventured: An Innovative Model in Philanthropy – The Washington Women’s Foundation Handbook on the establishment of their organization.

Toolkits for Grantmakers

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit for Grantmakers: A Resource from the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers.  June 2019

Power Moves: Your Essential Philanthropy Assessment Guide for Equity and Justice This self-assessment toolkit, compiled by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, will assist in determining how well granters are building, sharing, and wielding power and identify ways to transform programs and operations for lasting, equitable impact. Their website includes ready-to-use guides and comprehensive resources to achieve high-impact giving.

Articles and Research

 Collective Grantmaking in the Catalist Network: A Research Report, Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy

 Strengthening the American Giving Circle Movement,  Giving Compass, LLC, October 18, 2019

The Landscape of Giving Circles/Collective Giving Groups in the U.S., Written and Researched by the Collective Giving Research Group: Bearman, Carboni, Eikenberry, Franklin, November 2017

Women’s Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders,  published by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, August 2009.

More Giving Together: The Growth and Impact of Giving Circles and Shared Giving by Jessica E. Bearman, published by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Collective Impact, by John Kania and Mark Kramer. Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 2011.

Giving 2.0: Getting Together to Give, by Laura Arrillaga-Andreesse. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2012

Giving Circle Membership: How Collective Giving Impacts Donors, looks at how giving circle participation influences members and explores how established members differ from new ones.

Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color is the first study to explore the intersection of race, giving and gender. The report finds that generosity is a value shared by all communities, and that women across race and ethnicity are leading through philanthropy.

The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color, Faces of Giving March 2018


Philanos Webinar on September 2020. Deborah Edward and Martha Cukor with Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle will share their organization’s virtual programming during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Colleen Willoughby’s (the Founder of the Women’s Collective Giving Movement) shares her reflections on 25 years in collective giving

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