The “it takes a village” mentality forms the backbone of the modern giving circle — but what happens when we expand our borders and communicate with other villages?

Like the historic interactions between societies led to the wonders of the world as we know them today, interactions between giving circles lead to greater impact, education, and growth than any one circle can create alone.

Why should your giving circle interact with members from other circles?

Communication helps disseminate one circle’s learnings throughout the community.

No giving circle is an island — when we work with other circles, we open new avenues of communication. This allows us to share resources, educational opportunities, and more throughout our circle networks. For example, say your giving circle just put together a report of your findings over five years of making grants in your community. A new circle forms, led by a friend of yours, and you’re able to hand over that report as potential guidance while the new circle grows.

We benefit from each other’s learned experiences. 

There is a growing trend in giving circles formed around identity, like The American Muslim Women’s Giving Circle and Black Trans Lives Thrive. Our various identities make a major impact on our giving styles. By partnering with a giving circle whose learned experiences differ from ours, we are able to approach our giving with a much more well-rounded attitude. Suddenly, we have a clearer picture of the issues we are hoping to solve, and we’re able to make more informed decisions surrounding our circles’ grantees.

Finally, interactions with other giving circles present large opportunities for collective giving. If there is a particular campaign that resonates with your circle and another, you can join forces to make larger-scale donations to organizations. Furthermore, there is always a drastic need for funding during international emergencies like COVID-19 — where one giving circle may only be able to contribute so much to disaster relief, partnering with other circles in the community opens up our opportunities to make a difference.

Seeing each other succeed is the ultimate inspiration.

At the heart, people who join giving circles want to be changemakers. And when we see changemakers around the world making the change we want to see in the world, it’s an immediate boost of inspiration and motivation. There is no competition when it comes to giving circles: instead, we boost each other up, celebrate our collective successes, and offer guidance and support whenever needed. Together, we’re able to do so much more.

Connect with Hundreds of Giving Circles at We Give Summit

Whether your giving circle is just getting started or has been making grants for years, join Philanthropy Together and more than a dozen giving circle networks for We Give Summit: A Celebration of Collective Giving.

This is the ultimate example of cross-circle collaboration — with more than 2,000 giving circles around the world, We Give Summit is the place for giving circle members, philanthropy experts, community leaders, and social impact newcomers to come together, forge new bonds, strengthen our work towards community change, and celebrate!

For more information, check out WeGiveSummit.org. All Week 1 sessions are free and you can save $20 on an All Access Pass with code COMPASS.