Giving circle members give more

As we ready for our San Francisco Transformational Giving seminar today, our thanks go out to SFO’s Giving and Training Officer Tracy Tucker for tipping us off to a new study on giving circles that casts a whole new flashing blue light on Transformational Giving principle #7 (click here for the whole TG Ten list). Principle #7 reads:

The relationship between champion and champion is as important as the relationship between champion and organization.

And the giving circle study (from such development luminaries as the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and The University of Nebraska at Omaha) concludes:

1. Giving circles influence members to give more.
2. Giving circles influence members to give more strategically.
3. Giving circles members give to a wide array of organizations.
4. Giving circle members are highly engaged in the community.
5. Giving circles increase members’ knowledge about philanthropy, nonprofits, and the community.
6. Giving circles have a mixed influence on members’ attitudes about philanthropy, nonprofit and government roles, and political/social abilities and values.

In other words, want your champions to give more? Then spare the address labels and the heart tugs, pick up your coach’s whistle, and pull them together to get to know each other and help them learn how together they can mutually have a far more pronounced impact on the cause.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is the former International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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2 Responses to Giving circle members give more

  1. Kelly says:

    We are totally finding this to be true! We have only just begun our homeland ministry… our first… but we are having a great time meeting with small groups of people and sharing God’s vision not only for us and Uganda, but for them and their corner of influence. We are looking forward to staying in touch and growing these small groups- thanks for the encouragement!

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