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  • Monday, January 29, 2024 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Philanos Affinity Group Snapshot:

    • Philanos offers affiliates opportunities to connect with each other through ​our five Affinity Groups. 
    • Our Affinity Groups are for members, by members.
    • These are for all women engaged in giving circles - leaders and those new to giving circles.
    • W​e encourage all affiliates to share information and registration details for upcoming Philanos Affinity Group meetings with their members. 
    ​5 Affinity Groups for Philanos Affiliates
    • Philanos Affiliate Comms Club- Comms Club meets the 4th Tuesday of every other month. Join the conversation when we discuss issues and ideas for strengthening communications in your giving circle.
    • Coming Soon! Philanos Affiliate Grantmaking Group - Grantmaking Group plans to meet regularly in the coming year. Join us to learn and share together about all things grants. 
    • Philanos Affiliate Tech Talk- Tech Talk meets the 3rd Thursday of every other month. Come share your questions and ideas about software and tech platforms for your giving circle. 
    • Philanos Affiliate Membership Roundtable- Membership Roundtable meets the 3rd Tuesday of every other month. Participate in this forum to discuss issues concerning membership in your giving circle.
    • Philanos Affiliate A Table for Chairs- a confidential forum for affiliate giving circle chairs to  share ideas and expertise with leadership challenges.

    5 Reasons to Attend Philanos Affinity Groups:

    • Grow Your Leadership Pipeline  Encourage all your members to attend. Affinity Groups are not for current leaders only. New members, long-standing members, members of committees and members interested in the women’s collective giving movement - all benefit from learning about the challenges and successes of other circles.
    • Your Circle is not Alone  Learn how other circles face the challenges you are confronting. Ask your questions in an informal setting. Curious how other circles recruit and retain members? Interested in the software other circles use for grants? Maybe you have a question about the best ways to communicate with your members. Affinity Groups are the perfect forum for these topics and more.
    • Stop Reinventing The Wheel  Save your energy and borrow from what other circles have already done successfully. Maybe it’s a strategic plan. Or, maybe it’s an anniversary celebration. Ask your questions! Affinity Groups allow you to learn how other circles have done it and even give you a roadmap to get there.
    • Expand Your Reach  Hear what other circles are doing to engage their members, connect with their local communities and celebrate their successes. Learn about website design. Hear how circles find support from local businesses. Find out how circles are going beyond the check.
    • Make Priceless Connections  Meet other philanthropic women making impacts in their local communities. Then, keep the connection alive by staying in touch after the session. And, meet in person at the next Philanos Conference!
    Join Us!
    • Affinity Groups meet via Zoom for one hour from 12:00 Noon (ET) until 1:00 PM (ET). 
    • Registration is required and is available via email sent to affiliates and on the Philanos website. 
    • A Table for Chairs is a closed group and provides a forum for affiliate giving circle co-chairs to exchange ideas and expertise concerning leadership challenges.
    • All other Affinity Groups are open to affiliate members. 
  • Monday, January 29, 2024 8:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to those who participated in our January 23 Philanos Affiliate Comms Club! What a great discussion on blogging. Thank you for everything that was shared!

    The Zoom recording and document/chat file is now available

    Our next Comms Club will be on March 26, 2024 at 12 PM ET. Register here to join our conversation, Listening to Your Membership: Listening Sessions, Focus Groups and Surveys. 

    Please bring your questions. Comms Club is all about connecting, learning and sharing.

    Invite your colleagues to join an upcoming Philanos event.


    Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz (Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, MD)
    Ann Marie McGee (Impact 100 Redwood Circle, CA)
    Philanos Communications Co-chairs

  • Friday, January 05, 2024 5:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2024-2025 Philanos Board of Directors and Governance Committee application process is officially open with submissions being accepted through Friday, February 2, 2024.

    As a member of the national Philanos team, you have opportunity to Collaborate in order to:

    • Create and amplify quality initiatives and solutions for affiliates across the globe;
    • Change the narrative of an area of collective giving through your expertise and passion;
    • Commit to this important work with women with diverse experiences and perspectives;
    • Gain Confidence and be nurtured in your philanthropic leadership journey;
    • Connect to women from across the network who are equally as committed to women’s collective giving; and
    • Celebrate the joy of new friendships and fresh ways of thinking!

    These “6 C’s of Women’s Giving”, created by Women’s Philanthropy Institute founders Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha Taylor, inspire us all in our daily efforts locally, and nationally.

    We believe Philanos’ efforts to inspire women’s philanthropy and strengthen organizations for impactful grantmaking are best when inclusive of women with a range of skills and diversity of thought and experience.

    Together, we are impacting communities for the better!

    • Want to make a referral for an amazing woman? 
    • Interested in applying yourself?
    • Need to talk with someone before deciding if this is right for you?

    Check out the application today! Board of Directors & Governance Committee or email questions to our Governance Committee Chair, Maureen Romito

  • Friday, January 05, 2024 5:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the leading women's giving circle network, Philanos is proud to partner with Community Investment Network, Grapevine, Philanthropy Together. Philanthropy Together serves as a field catalyst for the collective giving movement, bringing together members, leaders, networks, and supporters from across the world - including Philanos, Community Investment Network, and Grapevine. Community Investment Network supports giving circles led by and serving communities of color. Grapevine is the only tech platform dedicated to giving circles, serves as a home for group giving, and has accelerated the movement by connecting people to the issues they care about. 

    We will also be collaborating with other networks in the collective giving space to increase the impact in our communities and include additional voices and experiences that have not been heard. We are grateful for the support and resources we have received this past year, and particularly proud of our collaborative work going forward that is funded by the Fidelity Charitable Trust Initiative. 

  • Friday, January 05, 2024 4:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have strength in numbers! The Philanos network now numbers more than 90 affiliated women’s giving circles. Collectively these circles have granted more than $232 Million for the benefit of their local communities! That is an Impact, we should all be proud of. Women absolutely make things happen!

  • Thursday, January 04, 2024 4:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Philanos Board and Committees are off and running to create a year of content and resources for all Philanos Affiliates.

    We listened and we learned! 2024 programming and events will be based on a foundation of what we heard from leaders at the sessions at our PowerUP! Baltimore conference in November. Learn more about expanding your personal philanthropic leadership at our Jan 9 webinar. February's webinar will feature ideas for recruiting AND retaining a diverse membership. Encourage others from your circle to register for these as well. (Details are below)

    We thank you for sharing! During 2023, members of 66 Philanos Affiliates participate in at least on Affinity Group: Comms Club, Tech Talk and Membership Roundtable. The groups return for 2024 and with more frequency. These informal Zoom groups are a terrific opportunity to lean from each other. And be sure and watch for the intro of our newest group for grantmaking in February.  

    We have strength in numbers! The Philanos Network now numbers more than 90 affiliated women's giving circles. Collectively these circles have granted more than $232 Million for the benefit of their local communities! That is an Impact, we should all be proud of. Women absolutely make things happen!

    We welcome Board nominations! The Governance Committee is seeking a few good women. If you or someone you know is interested, please check out the article below or visit the Philanos website. Deadline for applications is February 3.

    Most of all, we wish each of you success in 2024 - personally, professionally and philanthropically!

    Read the full eNewsletter here
  • Thursday, December 21, 2023 4:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to our new Philanos Affiliates:

    • Women's IMPACT Network of New Hanover County, NC
    • Aspen Giving Network, CO
    • Santa Fe Hestia Fund, NM
    • Impact100 DC
    • GivHer Circle, MS
    • 100+ Women Who Care East County, MS
    • 100 Women of Central Mississippi
    • Women's Giving Circle at York County Community Foundation, PA
    • Women Inspiring Philanthropy, TX

    Philanos is the leading national women's giving circle network, with more than 90 affiliates in 29 states, District of Columbia, England and Australia. Philanos affiliates vary by membership and governing models; however they all share one guiding mission: to become informed donors, to practice intentional grantmaking, and to make a lasting impact in their local communities.

  • Friday, December 15, 2023 4:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Maggie Glasgow, Philanos Co-Chair

    I recently had the distinct privilege of attending the Community Investment Network (CIN) Leadership Summit in New Orleans.  CIN’s Leadership Summit is an annual leadership development experience for community philanthropists that lead CIN-member giving circles.  The group that CIN assembled and hosted included BIPOC leaders from CIN, along with Latina and Latino circle leaders, the Asian Women Giving Circle, DMV Collective Giving Network, Philanos and Philanthropy Together. 

    The weekend meeting included best practices workshops, leadership training, peer-to-peer networking and personal development exercises. There was also a session led by Tony Bowen, Executive Director, Fidelity Charitable Trustees Philanthropy Fund, on inspiring donors through investments by putting DAF holders more proximate to the nonprofits in their communities. This is an important piece of the collaborative grant recently made by Fidelity Charitable to Philanos and our Network Partners: CIN, Philanthropy Together and Grapevine. The main meeting was held in the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans’ historic 9th Ward–a beautiful venue inspired by the power of black philanthropy.  

    For further inspiration, the Leadership Summit attendees were invited to the Soul of Philanthropy Gala hosted by the ACLU of Louisiana on Saturday evening at the Tate Etienne and Prevost Interpretive Center, also in the 9th Ward.  We were able to preview, in the gallery space, an brand new exhibit entitled “Parading Toward Freedom:  A Movement of Black Philanthropy” & “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.”  The evening dinner program celebrated civil rights leaders and black philanthropy in Louisiana, and wrapped with music and dancing, New Orleans style.

  • Thursday, December 07, 2023 4:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are looking ahead to 2024! And it could not be more exciting for Philanos.

    PowerUP! Baltimore 2023 brought 325 of us together in a spirit of collaboration that has us all on a high. We look forward to sharing our plans to build on that momentum and further engage each of our affiliates.

    This past weekend, Maggie had the privilege to attend the Community Investment Network (CIN) Leadership Summit in New Orleans joining community philanthropists who lead CIN-member giving circles and leadership from our Philanos Network Partners.

    With our recent funding from Fidelity Charitable, we will be partnering with other giving circle networks and organizations to expand the Philanos Network presence and impact further into the Mid and Central South and the Mountain West.

    We are in the process of building a new strategic plan thanks to the professional experience and women power of our recently expanded board. And nominations are now open for our 2024-2025 board. Please consider someone in your circle or yourself to nominate!

    It is an exciting time to be a member of a women’s giving circle and a Philanos Affiliate.

    With gratitude, Philanos Co-Chairs
    Maggie Glasgow,
    Sandy Cook,

    Read the full eNewsletter here
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