Organisation: New National Giving Circle Initiative
Giving Circles are a community-driven model that enables philanthropy driven by everyday givers. Circles vary in size, location, and focus, but they share the same basic approach: a group of people pool their resources in order to collectively contribute to issues they deem important in their community. Giving circle members become more strategic philanthropists and more engaged change-makers, creating ripple effects of giving and action across their communities.
Over the past two decades, the American giving circle movement has grown steadily: research points to at least 150,000 people engaging in over 1600 giving circles across the country, collectively giving away $1.29 billion over that time period. As US philanthropy continues to work at being more authentically community-informed and engaged, giving circles will continue to play a transformational role in bringing in many more — and more representative — everyday donors to the table: people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, those without wealth, youth, people in rural communities, religious minorities, people of different political persuasions, etc. In early 2020, an ambitious initiative will be launched that builds on this groundswell of momentum in the giving space. Through shared resources, programming, networking, and capacity-building, a new entity will be created that catalyzes and connects giving circles—ultimately in service of democratizing and diversifying philanthropy. We anticipate that in the next five years, support of this initiative will result in more than 350,000 donors participating in more than 3,000 giving circles, giving close to $1 billion collectively.
We invite nominations and applications for the founding leader of this initiative to support the giving circle movement in its expansion, evolution, and connectedness across the country.
This Executive Director (ED) will build and oversee a three-person team as they refine, adapt, and execute a defined five-year strategy to grow and strengthen the giving circle movement across the US. The ED will be the main voice and strategic visionary of the initiative; will oversee staff, budget, and operations; will create and sustain key partnerships; and will be accountable for the overall success of this ambitious effort. The ED will work closely with the board, funders, outside consultants, and the field of giving circles at large. Global Impact, a leading nonprofit offering backbone support for the philanthropic sector, is providing fiscal sponsorship and operational support to the initiative.
This is a unique opportunity for a motivated, entrepreneurial leader to build a vehicle for lasting impact at scale, and to propel forward an emerging field within the philanthropic sector. The founding Executive Director will lead this multi-year initiative to help hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, in all areas of the country, and at all levels of wealth, to engage in thoughtful, intentional giving.
The co-design team has engaged Katherine Jacobs and Vanita Bhargava from the national consulting firm NPAG to assist in this search. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume and where you learned of the position should be sent to: GivingCircle-ED@nonprofitprofessionals.com.
In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail. People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently-abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage submissions from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.