Giving Circle Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Giving Circle?

A Giving Circle is a collection of people who donate some specified amount, large or small, to a pool that is then given out to an several organizations of the donors’ collective choosing. Giving Circles can have one specific cause, or several, depending on the group. PCF’s Circle is dedicated to at-risk youth in Placer County.

Why should I join a Giving Circle?

Giving Circles are great ways for individuals to have a huge and lasting impact on local organizations by combining their singular donation with those from many other individuals in their community, creating a larger sum that can then be divided up amongst chosen organizations.

Why Placer Community Foundation’s Giving Circle?

The unique thing about the PCF Giving Circle is that you can choose to be as involved as you would like. We offer you the flexibility to choose if you would like to help review the applications, assist with interviews of possible grantees, and ultimately, cast your vote for which organizations should receive the grants that you helped create. If you trust your fellow Giving Circle members to choose the recipients of the grants, that’s alright too. We are open to any level of commitment.

PCF’s Giving Circle also guarantees that your grants stay right here in Placer County. Check out some of our previous recipients to see what the PCF Giving Circle grants have funded.

Who participates in Giving Circles?

Anyone! We have no restrictions on who can join the Giving Circle. They are particularly attractive to young professionals, businesses, as well as community members who are just starting to get involved with philanthropy, as they are a great way to familiarize yourself with local organizations, promote your business, and grow your network in your community with a small donation.

Is there a commitment to join for a pre-determined number of years?

The Giving Circle membership is year to year, meaning there is no commitment required.

I’m still not sure if a Giving Circle is right for me.

Give us a call! We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We can be reached at 530.885.4920 or [email protected].


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