Kellogg Foundation pledges $1m grant to giving circle network Philanthropy Together


Alliance magazine


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will be supporting Philanthropy Together, a global initiative dedicated to scaling and strengthening the giving circle movement by 2025, with a $1 million grant. The pledge is part of the Foundation’s work to advance racial equity.

‘Giving circles are undeniably shifting the landscape of philanthropy. Over the past decade, the movement has grown tremendously, centring community, collective agency and local impact. This unique model of giving is rooted in racial equity and truly representative and inclusive of all our diverse communities,’ said Philanthropy Together’s Executive Director Sara Lomelin.

Philanthropy Together launched in April 2020 and spotlights everyday donors committed to making grassroots change. By pooling donations, giving circles amplify individual dollars and create a space for thoughtful, intentional giving. The organisation believes that by activating and bringing together donors with shared values and knowledge of community needs, giving circles are uniquely able to identify and reach community organizations that are often overlooked and underserved by big philanthropy.

‘Philanthropy Together has demonstrated a continued commitment to its mission by helping scale the giving circle movement to further racial equity and social justice initiatives within communities’, said Ciciley Moore, Program Officer for the Office of the President, adding that the Kellogg Foundation is ‘delighted to fund Philanthropy Together’s mission’.

Part of the Kellogg Foundation’s $1 million grant will include $100,000 in micro-grants for giving circles to embed racial justice and equity in their practices.

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