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Giving Circle Membership: How Collective Giving Impacts Donors

by Angela Eikenberry; Julia L. Carboni

Nov 30, 2018

In Nov. 2018, the CGRG released the second and third reports of the series. 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. Key findings include:



  • Newer giving circle members tend to be more diverse in terms of age, income and race.

  • Newer members join giving circles for the opportunity to engage more deeply on a cause or issue; more established members cite the ability to leverage gifts and "fun" as primary reasons for participation.

  • The report affirms previous research that giving circle members give more, give more strategically and proactively, give to a wider array of organizations, volunteer more, and are more likely to engage in civic activity.