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Dynamics of Hosting Giving Circles: Giving Circles and Collective Giving Groups, from the Collective Giving Research Group

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Dynamics of Hosting Giving Circles from the Collective Giving Research Group, explores the hosting experiences of community foundations and other organizations.

Giving circles and other collective giving groups have received attention for their capacity to reach a broad range of donors; their fexible and authentic appeal for donor engagement; and their democratic approach to building a culture of philanthropy. Community foundations and other funders see these characteristics as benefts to hosting giving circles. But what does the giving circle–host relationship look like, and what benefts and challenges exist for hosts?

This study provides an in-depth exploration of giving circle hosting. Findings are based on survey data from 86 organizations, two-thirds (57) of which host one or more giving circles. The study also benefts from nine interviews with diverse giving circle hosts from across the United States.

Giving circle hosts have great expectations for the benefts they accrue as hosts—and those benefts are largely realized. Challenges do exist, primarily around expectationsetting and costs of hosting. A key contribution of this study and the lessons learned is the advice available to organizations considering hosting giving circles.

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