This group is made up of Asian American families from Minnesota and Wisconsin who come together to celebrate, learn, and pool their financial resources to support innovative projects that advance justice and equity.
Giving circles help diversify and democratize philanthropy. Starting or joining a giving circle is a great way to learn about your community, invest in solutions to pressing issues, and grow as a leader.
How does it work?
Giving circles bring together donors at all giving levels to pool their contributions, decide together on the organizations they will support, and make a bigger impact than they could alone. Some focus on a shared interest or geographic area. Some strengthen bonds and build power within a certain community, while others are designed to build bridges between people with different backgrounds. Many meet over dinner, invite local experts to speak to their members, or organize community fundraisers to increase their support for the causes they care about.
Most giving circles...
- Pool their donations
- Discuss and Learn about Issues
- Make Grant Decisions Together
- Build Relationships and Have Fun
Why should I join a giving circle?
Amplify your impact
By pooling resources with others, you make a bigger difference.
Explore your values
Live out your aspirations to take action on issues you care about.
Get closer to community
Learn about issues and connect with nonprofits.
Network and grow
Build relationships and sharpen your leadership skills.
Flex your collective power through shared decision-making.
Join other new voices in redefining who can be a philanthropist.
Giving Circles in Action
The Minneapolis Foundation provides a range of services to help giving circles define and achieve their goals. Our support varies based on the needs of each group and can include: Guidance and support with group visioning and program creation; meeting facilitation; marketing tools and guidance; and grant administration and due diligence.
We administer a growing number of giving circles, including…
This group is a hands-on experience in philanthropy for young to mid-career leaders. Every year, the group votes on the community need it will address, with past issues ranging from food justice to mental health to affordable housing.
Fourth Generation Awards $50,000 in Grants
Fourth Generation completed its 12th grantmaking cycle by awarding $50,000 in grants to five local organizations that are providing critical services in support of mental health justice.Read Story
Graze 4 Good
Graze 4 Good is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser that pairs our vibrant local food community with emerging philanthropists eager to make a difference, all in support of our Fourth Generation program. Event proceeds will fund grants for nonprofits that advance education equity.See Event
Pho the Good of All
The face of philanthropy is changing—and embracing that change is what this giving circle is all about. Every year, the members of this giving circle enjoy homemade soup at Pho the Good of All, their annual celebration of the grants they make together.Read Story
Frequently Asked Questions
The Minneapolis Foundation is committed to cultivating generosity, increasing equity, and investing in community-led solutions. Giving circles are a powerful way to advance all of these goals, creating pathways for people at all giving levels and from all communities to join forces and make a difference on issues they care about.
Each giving circle decides together how it will raise money for the causes it supports.
You and the members of your giving circle will decide together how to invest your pooled resources. The Minneapolis Foundation can provide grantmaking advice, carries out the group’s funding decisions, and ensures that all grant recipients are qualified public charities.
Yes. Donations to a giving circle are tax-deductible.
Our work draws inspiration from the thought leadership of Philanthropy Together, a global initiative to scale and strengthen the collective giving movement.
Ready to get started?
We‘d love to talk with you about joining or starting a giving circle. Please reach out to Sara Lueben to learn more.