The organizations listed below could change your life by connecting you to philanthropic peers, get hands-on guidance for any and all of your questions about giving, and learn from people with vast experience in your areas of interest. These are just a few of the many excellent groups that can help you with your giving. We encourage you to join with a network of like-minded others to exchange learning or to collaborate.
If the list seems overwhelming, please contact Jason Franklin, Bolder Giving's executive director, for guidance about which resources might fit you best.
Peer Groups for Givers
The following list is not exhaustive. The short descriptions are just to help you to begin to sort among groups you may not be familiar with - they can't capture the richness of each group's programs and mission!
- Affininity Groups in Philanthropy: 40+ networks formally recognized by the Council on Foundations that offer chances for networking, advocacy and more focused on specific populations (race, gender, etc), issues (education, health, etc), or philanthropic functions (communications, grants management, etc).
- Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy: A national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
- Democracy Alliance: for progressive donors of substantial means committed and able to invest $200,000/year in strengthening democracy, leadership, and new technology.
- EDGE (Engaged Donors for Global Equity) Funders Alliance: A community of donors, foundation officers and advisors across the international philanthropic landscape sharing knowledge, tools and approaches to support global social change.
- Environmental Grantmakers Association: Network of individual donors and foundations that promote effective environmental philanthropy by sharing knowledge, fostering debate, cultivating leadership, facilitating collaboration, and catalyzing action.
- Faith and Money Network: A social justice ministry that encourages people to live out joyfully God's call for their lives and resources.
- Global Philanthropists Circle: Network of philanthropic families from across the world committed to using their time, influence and resources to fight global poverty and social injustice
- Grand Street: A community where young Jews (18-28 years old) who are involved or will be involved as leaders in their family’s philanthropy come together
- Harvest Time: Inviting Christians of wealth to engage with money as a doorway into social justice and spiritual transformation at the personal, communal and systemic levels.
- Hispanics in Philanthropy: A transnational network of grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the America
- Institute for Philanthropy/Philanthropy Workshop: Global network offering education and thought leadership in philanthropy, including their signature Philanthropy Workshop - a year-long training program for individual donors about strategic philanthropy.
- Instituto Geraçao: a Brazilian network for next generation philanthropists from privileged families.
- Jewish Funders Network: An international organization of family foundations, public philanthropies, and individual funders dedicated to advancing the quality and growth of Jewish philanthropy
- Native Americans in Philanthropy: A network that advances philanthropic practices grounded in Native values and traditions among staff, board members and consultants to foundations, tribes, and corporate entities.
- Network for Social Change: A group of primarily UK-based donors providing anonymous funding for progressive social change, particularly in the areas of justice, peace and the environment.
- New England International Donors: An affinity group for donors, grantmakers, social investors, and those who advise them, who give – or are looking to give – internationally.
- OutGiving: Network of LGBTQ and allied donors giving $25,000+ annually who are interested in increasing the effectiveness of their giving in support of the LGBT movement.
- Pangea Giving for Global Change: Pangea is an international giving circle that supports grassroots community development in the Global South and creates direct learning experiences for engaged donors
- Philanthropy Roundtable: A national association of more than 600 conservative individual donors, corporate giving representatives, foundation staff and trustees, and trust and estate officers
- Rachel's Network: A donor community that promotes women as impassioned leaders and agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth, health, and women's empowerment.
- Resource Generation: A community that organizes young people (ages 18035) with financial wealth to leverage resources and privilege for social change.
- Responsible Wealth: A network of 700+ business leaders and wealthy individuals who, as beneficiaries of economic policies tilted in their favor, advocate for fair taxes and corporate accountability for all.
- Social Venture Partners: A network of 2000+ donor partners across 26 chapters globally that invests partners’ charitable dollars, time and expertise in social entrepreneurs who create better ways to solve complex social problems
- Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders: A broad international network of grantmakers that works to foster communication, shared learning and information exchange about issues connected to sustainable agriculture and food systems.
- Threshold Foundation: A community of individuals united through wealth, who mobilize money, people and power to create a more just, joyful and sustainable world.
- Wealth and Giving Forum: Peer-led network by and for wealth holders who want to discern for themselves and help inspire others about the best way to deploy their resources.
- Women Donors Network: A community of progressive women who multiply their energy, their strategic savvy, and their philanthropic dollars to build a more just and fair world
- Women Moving Million: A community of women who have made gifts of a million or more to organizations/initiatives that support the advancement of women and girls around the world
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