More Giving Together:
An Updated Study of the Continuing Growth and
Powerful Impact of Giving Circles and Shared Giving
The results of the Forum’s first exploratory study of giving circles, completed in 2004 and released in early 2005, surprised and thrilled many in the philanthropic community. The research found more giving circles in far more places than expected; more than 200 circles were identified and detailed information was reported from 77 of them. The findings also indicated that giving circles have a profound impact—both in terms of the money they give and the ways in which their donors are moved and changed by their experiences.
Now the Forum’s second study, conducted in 2006, has identified
more than 400 circles and collected detailed information from
160 of them. The new findings affirm the first study’s exciting
observation: Giving circles are an enduring and expanding
In short, we thought our studies would examine a small phenomenon.
We found instead that they have documented a substantial
and growing philanthropic movement.