In this season of giving -- and increased anxiety about how the economic environment might impact our budgets -- it behooves us to be open to new thinking and approaches to philanthropy.
I first encountered the notion of giving circles last year, during the annual Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action conference, and was intrigued by the potential they seem to offer to not just increase funds but build a spirit of philanthropy in a collaborative environment.
A new post on the PhilanthroMedia blog, by Caroline Heine, offers a good introduction to the concept. It may spark some creative thinking for readers of this blog. Click here to access Heine's post.