Giving Circles

Giving Circles are groups of neighbors, friends and/or family members who pool their charitable donations and decide together where to commit them. The work of the Giving Circles is not only to write a check, but also to help people learn about philanthropy, about the needs of their community and about local nonprofits. The dues, size, structure and mission are each different and are decided upon by the participants themselves. Jefferson Community Foundation plays a supportive role in the start-up and support of each Circle.

The Giving Circle gives us the opportunity to learn about the needs in our community and the local nonprofit organizations working to meet them. I leave the presentations feeling informed, energized and amazed by the organizations out there making a difference every day. They also make me feel more connected to my fellow Circle members. Together it makes us better donors—no matter how small—for greater impact.
— Ruth Lytle, Giving Circle member
  The Better Living Through Giving Circle  (members from left  to right: Francesco Tortorici, Janie & Fred Kimball, Craig Wier, Karen Best, Robert McPherson, Ruth Lytle, Lynn Marlow, Rena Murman, Doug Van Allen, Earll Murman. Not pictured: Cathie Wier.)

The Better Living Through Giving Circle (members from left  to right: Francesco Tortorici, Janie & Fred Kimball, Craig Wier, Karen Best, Robert McPherson, Ruth Lytle, Lynn Marlow, Rena Murman, Doug Van Allen, Earll Murman. Not pictured: Cathie Wier.)