Asian giving circles come of age

Rob John

Recent studies from the US, Europe and Asia have found a surge in the growth of giving circle membership.

Not only that, our latest research from Asia supports those studies in suggesting that participation in a giving circle can help donors become more generous and strategic with their money and time, and positively change their attitude towards non-profits and philanthropy.

Contemporary giving circles – self-organized groups of individuals who pool their donations and jointly decide which non-profits to fund – have their roots in much older collective philanthropy initiatives, such as Victorian soup kitchens in the UK and Rotary clubs in the US. Over the last decade they have been enjoying strong growth.

A group of children supported by Muktangan, a partner of Dasra Giving Circles, India.

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