To create positive change in Northern Virginia through engaged and collective philanthropy.
THE GIVING CIRCLE OF HOPE IS A COLLECTIVE GIVING ORGANIZATION.
We believe we can do greater things together than we can individually.
We believe in the power of small nonprofits
to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.
We believe we can create a movement for social good in our community.
WHAT WE DO
Members contribute to a pooled fund and together decide which nonprofits will receive grant dollars through a rigorous vetting process that ensures dollars are well spent.
Through the power of collective giving members come together to improve their communities, engage with their neighbors and deliver a positive impact on long-term social problems.
The Giving Circle of HOPE has
awarded 148 project and
capacity-building grants to 63 local nonprofits and has invested more than $1.2 million dollars in the community.
HOW EVERYDAY GIVERS BECAME PHILANTHROPISTS
In November 2003 a Northern Virginia community came together to raise funds for a family devastated by a tragic accident. Afterward, four women decided to “do something permanent” and harness the passion and compassion of the community. The Giving Circle of HOPE was founded in January 2004.
Over the years, the Giving Circle of HOPE has become a leader in local philanthropy by making vital connections, providing resources and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, engaging in advocacy, furthering education, and awarding grants.
BE PART OF THE PEOPLE
TAKING PHILANTHROPY FURTHER
The Giving Circle of HOPE provides members with the opportunity to engage in local philanthropy on a deeper level than they could as individuals. Each voting member contributes $550 or more and the funds are pooled in order to award grants to local nonprofits each year. Members determine the grant recipients through a vote of the membership after a rigorous grants review process by volunteer committee members.
Voting members can serve on the Guiding Circle (board), join the grants review committee, attend programs or simply vote for a grant finalist at the end of the year. Members can participate as much or as little as they choose, regardless of the level of involvement, each member has one vote for the grant finalists.