Researched and written by Jessica E. Bearman for
the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
"No matter how a giving circle and a host organization start out,
the partnership will be more successful in the long run when both
sides understand the rewards and challenges of giving together.
Hosting a giving circle may be a simple affair in which the host
organization provides a minimal level of service and receives, in
return, a small fee and other less tangible benefits. Or hosting can
be an intense partnership in which the giving circle (often created
or co-created by the host organization) is an integral part of its
host, with which it has a complex, multi-layered relationship.
When structured thoughtfully, the host/giving circle relationship
can be a healthy symbiosis that meets the needs and goals of