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Philanos Joined Philanthropy Together Again For We Give Summit 2022

Philanos was excited to participate again in Philanthropy Together's virtual We Give Summit May 11-14, 2022 - a time to learn, grow and think big with hundreds of everyday givers!

With more than 2,000 giving circles around the world, We Give Summit is the place for giving circle members, community leaders, philanthropy experts, and social impact newcomers to come together, forge new bonds, strengthen our work towards community change, and celebrate! 

This year's 4-day virtual event contained inspiring keynotes, thought provoking panel discussions, network blocks with our peers and more than a dozen lightning talks.

The recorded versions are available for several months via the Whova (web and mobile) app.

Philanos Network Block Sessions

Financial Sustainability for Giving Circles: Building Viable Options Beyond Member Dues
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 3:00 PM ET

Giving circles begin as peer-led groups with no or low operating overhead expenses. Once groups grow large or expand their operating structure, their financial needs require consistent funding sources and a plan for financial sustainability.  We reviewed how traditional resource development and alternative fundraising should integrate in your group’s financial planning, including how to assess the need for operating reserves.

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The Wisdom of Younger Members: How (and Why) Next-Gen Philanthropists are Changing Giving Circles
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
4:00 PM ET

Older Americans will transfer some $70 trillion to the next generation by 2042. Already, many of these young women are active philanthropists in giving circles, leading them and offering input into what more giving circles can do, become, and fund. We shared how these women have changed the operations of circles and the circles themselves, and how circles can intentionally include these new, vital voices.  

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Just -In-Time Grants
Thursday, May 12, 2022
3:00 PM ET

Collective giving organizations are increasingly structuring rapid response grants to both address emergency needs (COVID, disaster relief, refugee/migrant needs, direct cash donations) and to recognize and promote women’s philanthropy.  In this panel, representatives of three collective giving organizations shared their approaches to rapidly responding and funding those efforts.

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Let's Keep Talking - Engaging the Next Generation, Staying Afloat and Just-In-Time Grants
Thursday, May 12, 2022
4:00 PM ET

Next-gen engagement, financial sustainability and just-in-time grants all speak to leadership and inclusion.  Have more questions?  Have wisdom to share?  Our three breakout rooms allowed small group discussions as we continued the conversation of the three Philanos network block sessions with moderators and speakers from each of these previous sessions.  

This Zoom meeting with breakout rooms was not recorded.


Philanos on The Main Stage

Run Toward -Not From- Change
Friday, May 13, 2022
2:00 PM ET

Change is often necessary, and giving circles and giving circle networks, regardless of age, size, or composition, must remain nimble, flexible, and open to implementing change as it is essential for growth and success. Sometimes these changes are operational, like changing or raising members’ contributions, or strategic like integrating equity and inclusion into grantmaking. To successfully facilitate change, leaders must persuade a majority of members to follow a new direction — the beauty of democracy! Hear how two giving circle leaders have recently facilitated change within their circles and learn about the successes and challenges of their efforts.

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