I recently had an opportunity to talk with Jan Ridgely, Executive Director, of the United Charitable Programs. Their mission is to empower people to help others by fiscally sponsoring targeted charitable programs that encourage positive change through charitable, educational, scientific, or religious actions worldwide.
During our discussion, Jan and I spent time talking about women giving circles and how this can be a way for women to join together collectively to impact change within their communities or the world.
So you may ask, what is a giving circle? It is a form of philanthropy where groups of women donate their own money or time to a pooled fund. Once the fund achieves a certain funding level, the circle decides what charities or community projects it will support. Either choice is a way for the circle to increase awareness and engagement in the issues covered by the charity or community project. Many circles, in addition to donating their money, will also contribute their time and skills to supporting local causes.
This is such a powerful way for women to promote change for a cause. So, take a moment to listen to our discussion. I hope it influences you to use your high heels towards shaping your community and the world. Because as you know, women working together CAN change the world. That’s why Women Rock!