What is a Giving Circle?
A giving circle is a group of people who pool their resources in order to collectively contribute to issues they deem important to their community. Giving circles provide individual donors the opportunity to make their contributions meaningful by leveraging their resources with others and enhancing the impact of their giving. Giving circles offer members a forum to learn about community issues alongside like-minded individuals and become more informed philanthropists.
Do I have to be Latina to join the Latina Giving Circle?
Is there a minimum contribution requirement?
No, the LGC does not require a minimum contribution from members. We welcome everyone to participate, regardless of their giving capacity. We only ask that members contribute a gift that is meaningful to them, whether it be a monetary donation or contribution of time.
How do you decide where the money goes?
Our grantmaking is driven directly by the members. We kick-off our grant cycle by hosting an education summit for members to share issues and priorities they know of in the community. Then members work together in small groups to narrow down potential focuses to a few that are voted on by all summit participants. After the focus for the grant cycle is determined, the grants committee (a group of LGC members/volunteers) develop the "Request for Proposals (RFP)" and facilitate the process of grant proposal collection. The grants committee utilizes an established criteria to narrow the proposals down to a group of finalists. The finalists are then shared with the full LGC membership for their input through both a second summit and an online vote. The proposals that receive the top votes are selected for funding.
Who gets to participate in the grant cycles?
All LGC members who have made a donation since the end of the last grant cycle are eligible to participate in the coming grant cycle.