Giving Circles

By pooling resources together, giving circles enable individuals to achieve a more significant impact with their charitable giving than they can achieve on their own.

 What is a Giving Circle?

Giving Circles are a collection of individuals who pool their charitable gifts together to make grants to local nonprofit groups, realizing that one substantial contribution can make an immediate impact in a community. Often, Giving Circles are formed from a group of philanthropic people who are already acquainted with each other and share a common interest or cause, so that they can give and learn together.

Benefits of a Giving Circle

In many ways, people who give are becoming more strategic and social in their philanthropy. Charitable collaboration can be tricky, as people are passionate about the causes they personally care about, so Giving Circles have to learn valuable philanthropic skills and collectively evaluate and make smart decisions about where their gifts will make the most impact. For those who are new to the region, these Circles are a great way to learn about the community’s needs while simultaneously finding a network of like-minded individuals and friends.

Start a Giving Circle

The Community Foundation is happy to assist you in establishing a Giving Circle. Staff members will be available to attend initial meetings where topics may include the level of formality your circle wants to have, your group’s mission and purpose, how it will grow, and how to establish your grant requirements.

Our Giving Circles:

Athena Progressive Giving Circle

Mission: Serving Manatee-Sarasota counties - A community of women funding programs/initiatives that meaningfully improve the lives of women and girls in our community.

Masala Giving Circle

Mission: To promote economic and personal empowerment through financial support for programs and initiatives that benefit African-American communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Vision: “Culturally-vibrant, thriving African-American communities that inspire and prosper”

Learn more here.

Our Sarasota Fund

Mission: To provide grants to LGBT focused non-profits in the Sarasota area.


Contact Us

If you are interested in finding out more or starting a Giving Circle of your own, we can help! Please call (941) 955-3000 to speak with a Donor Engagement representative.



Community Foundation of Sarasota County

2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota FL 34237
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