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Giving Circles Around the World: Understanding & Supporting the Growing Global Phenomenon

December 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm EST

Giving Circles Around the World

We’re online! This workshop will be presented online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email the day before the event.

Foundational research from the Collective Giving Research Group, including the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, has established how giving circles have been growing over the past 30 years, but so far that research focused only on the United States.

Join us in this FREE webinar to hear insights from the first research to systematically analyze the growth of giving circles across the globe; to understand their patterns, similarities, and differences; and get advice and support to launch or strengthen a giving circle in any part of the world.

Choose Your Session!

To best accommodate our international colleagues, we’re offering two opportunities to participate in this webinar: Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. EST, and Friday, December 18 at 12 noon EST. Both sessions will offer the same presentation. Choose the session that works best for you:

Price: FREE
Instructors: Jason Franklin and Jessica Bearman
Deadline to Register: Monday, December 14

Photo: Jason Franklin
Jason Franklin, Ph.D., is a senior consultant at the Johnson Center and formerly served as the Center’s inaugural W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, through which he has carried out extensive research on giving circles over the last five years. Additionally, he is Founder & Principal of Ktisis Capital, where he serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations, and philanthropic collaboratives. He contributes his time as a board leader to a range of organizations including the Solidaire donor network, Michigan Alliance, Proteus Fund, and Threshold Foundation, and has helped lead or participated in over a dozen giving circles in the past fifteen years.

Photo: Jessica Bearman
Jessica Bearman is an independent consultant who works with grantmakers and other mission-based organizations to help them align strategy, culture, and practice. She has written and spoken widely about new and established philanthropy, with a particular emphasis on giving circles. Her clients include grantmaking foundations seeking to build thriving cultures and strengthen intentional practice and sector-wide initiatives, including the Collective Giving Research Group, LearnPhilanthropy, and PEAK Grantmaking’s Project Streamline. In 2007, Jessica founded the Moscow Women’s Giving Circle, a group that has engaged hundreds of women and given more than $250,000 to local organizations.


December 16, 2020
6:00 pm–7:30 pm EST
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