Organizations that encourage greater giving
- 1% Club: A Minnesota-centered initiative promoting a new standard of philanthropy by enlisting a growing network of donors pledging to give at least 1% of net worth or 5% of income annually.
- Inspired Legacies: Provides donor-centered, community-inspired training, resources, and strategic support to advance the best practices of legacy, financial, and philanthropic planning.
- Play BIG: Holds gatherings that support individuals with discretionary assets of $15 million or more to have a big impact for positive social benefit, through both philanthropy and social investing.
- Women Moving Millions: Campaign of the Womens’ Funding Network that has inspired over a hundred women to step forward with million dollar contributions to womens’ funds of their choice.
Organizations that support and promote philanthropy
- Exponent Philanthropy: A membership organization for foundations with few or no staff, offering support with many of the nuts and bolts.
- Coalition for New Philanthropy: A six-year initiative promoting philanthropy in communities of color– throughout the New York City area, and in select cities in the U.S..
- Council on Foundations: A membership organization serving different types of grantmaking organizations and and giving programs, including a program for family foundations.
- Giving Forum: Carries out research, convenes practitioners, and provides online information on subjects of current importance (e.g., giving circles, racial, ethnic, and tribal philanthropy).
- National Center on Family Philanthropy: Provides substantial online information and resources to families involved in philanthropy.
- The Philanthropic Initiative: Offers philanthropic research, consulting, and initiatives that build the field of donor education.
- 21/64: Supports multi-generational approaches to philanthropy.
- YouthGive: Supports children and youth to engage in giving though online giving accounts.
A few intermediary organizations (to give through)
Intermediary organizations can be tremendously useful to serious donors — especially to those short on time!
Find an intermediary that focuses on your area of interest. You can give one gift, and trust that with the intermediary’s extensive expertise, your money will be wisely distributed to a wide range of carefully selected groups.
- Calvert Foundation: CF enables you to channel funds for giving or for pro-active investing to underserved communities around the world in areas of interest.
- Community Foundations: Community foundations around the country serve donors wishing to make contributions, especially in their local areas, but sometimes further away as well. Visit this page from the Council on Foundations to locate a community foundation near you. See also the Funding Exchange, a network of 16 community foundations across the U.S. that support organizations working for social, racial, economic and environmental justice around the country.
- Global Greengrants Fund: GGF grants fund grassroots action in some of the world’s most despoiled and impoverished places. Grassroots groups are key to solving intractable problems and halting cycles of poverty, powerlessness and environmental destruction. Our grants offer hope and tap the energy of communities where other sources of support are unavailable
- The Global Fund For Women: The Global Fund for Women, an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice, advocates for and defends women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world.