Connected to Give: Giving circles create a “virtuous circle” effect

CtoG5_CommunityCircles_370x479A new report has been released on Giving Circles: Connected to Give: Community Circles, with findings that demonstrate the efficacy of this unique form of philanthropy:

  • One in eight American donors has participated in a giving circle
  • Participation in giving circles helps members build personal, professional, and philanthropic connections
  • Giving circles can empower people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to participate in a culture of giving
  • Giving Circles encourage a collaborative and democratic approach to charitable giving

“Based on our interviews and observations, we noticed a ‘virtuous circle’ effect,” said Sarah Bunin Benor, research team leader and co-author of the report. “Giving circles connect people to like-minded individuals and lead to more meaningful, intentional, and hands-on charitable giving, as well as increased communal engagement.”

Read the Philanthropic News Digest article here.

Be Strong. Be True. Be Focused.

LynChristianLyn Christian presented an interactive and inspiring message to guests of the Women’s Giving Circle yesterday: Find your truth, then live it.

Lyn’s own hunger to take on life challenges that align with her core values shed light on how each of us can ask, “In what I did today, who am I becoming?”

If you missed Lyn’s seminar or you’re ready to dive in deeper, check out her FREE Udemy course: Be True.

You can also reach Lyn and her team on their website here.

Thank you to Dorsey & Whitney for sponsoring and Zions Bank for hosting! Together we raised more than $1,000 for women and girls in Utah!

Social Impact Investments vs Charitable Giving?

For-profit social impact investment opportunities are on the rise. What do you think of this alternative vehicle for making a difference?

So here’s a recommendation for all you women out there who are busily donating more frequently than men to charitable causes: Consider investing in social-change undertakings that are run on a for-profit basis and give you a return on investment.

If you do, you will be joining a major money trend by some big investors to put “risk capital”–or money with no reliable outcome but plenty of upside–into endeavors that were once left up to the philanthropy or public sectors alone.”

Read the full article here.

NY Times: What’s so scary about smart girls?

A wonderful follow-up to our event with Professor Erika George:

“Boko Haram was behaving perfectly rationally — albeit barbarically — when it kidnapped some of the brightest, most ambitious girls in the region and announced plans to sell them as slaves. If you want to mire a nation in backwardness, manacle your daughters.

What saddens me is that we in the West aren’t acting as rationally. To fight militancy, we invest overwhelmingly in the military toolbox but not so much in the education toolbox that has a far better record at defeating militancy.”

The greatest threat to extremism isn’t an army. It’s girls reading books. Want to stick it to Boko Haram? Help educate a girl.

Read the full article here.

The Well-Being of Women in Utah

Recently released research out of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in collaboration with the YWCA, demonstrates some gains, as well as key areas for improvement so that all women in Utah can thrive.

Core recommendations:
- Access to affordable health care, especially mental health
- Violence prevention and intervention
- Supports for completing higher ed degrees
- Equal pay and promotion
- Work-family supports
- Leadership preparation

Read the full report here.

White House Marks Equal Pay Day

“Standing before a crowd of women in the White House East Room, President Obama noted that the average woman working full time in America makes just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man…

In its effort to shine a spotlight on pay disparity, though, the White House itself got caught in the glare. Spokesman Jay Carney went on the defensive when reporters asked why women working at the White House make less on average than their male colleagues…

Carney suggests the disparity in White House pay results from a concentration of women on the lower rungs of the government’s pay scale. Cornell University economist Francine Blau says such occupational differences also explain about half the national pay gap between men and women.”

Read the full article here.