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Giving Circles

WFCO Is Your Home for Connected, Collective Giving

Giving circles have been around the U.S. for decades and are gaining in popularity. The number of giving circles has tripled since 2007 and the majority of these donors are women. WFCO is proud to host several giving circles, a space where our donors give collectively and connect for meaningful conversations, thoughtful grantmaking, and community building.

Join or Start a Giving Circle

Giving circles generally are formed by individuals with shared passions, identities, or experiences. WFCO currently hosts several giving circles, including:

  • Beyond Our Borders: Nearly 40 women make up Beyond Our Borders, which extends WFCO’s grantmaking focus on economic security to women globally
  • BFFs Who Care Fund: At regular social engagements, a great group of BFF‘s would discuss the longevity of our relationships and the power of our networks. We decided that although the dance parties are fun, it would be meaningful to help others as well. We will leave a legacy that will pass on to future generations, united around lifelong giving, connectivity, fun and friendships.
  • The Community Chest: Started by nine friends who have survived breast cancer and wish to build a more empowered and connected Denver community
  • Eat, Drink, Give: A newly formed group of accomplished women who support women and children in Colorado, while also building lasting relationships with each other. We are a social group with a purpose to eat, drink, and GIVE. 
  • The Lotus Collective Fund: An inclusive group of women seeking to effect change in the Denver community by granting funds to innovative organizations.
  • The Pueblo Area Giving Circle: The Pueblo Area Giving Circle is a new and inclusive group of multi-generational women supporting women and girls who strive toward leadership and family development opportunities in our communities.
  • SPIN: An African American giving circle of women who want to change the narrative about women of color as philanthropists while investing in marginalized women and adolescent girls
  • Women’s Impact Investing Giving Circle: A space for women who wish to learn about impact investing and support women entrepreneurs

How Giving Circles Work

Members of giving circles decide upon a minimum financial contribution, requirements for membership, and a process for grantmaking. Additionally, they will determine whether to co-invest with The Foundation, fund women and girls’ initiatives that The Foundation does not currently have the capacity to fund, or fund causes that mean the most to them.

Are you interested in learning more or starting one? Contact Kaylyn Fern, development officer, at kaylynf@wfco.org.

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