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Growing philanthropy through collaboration: The landscape of giving circles in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Eikenberry, A.M., Breeze, Beth (2015) Growing philanthropy through collaboration: The landscape of giving circles in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Voluntary Sector Review, 6 (1). pp. 41-59. ISSN 2040-8056. (doi:10.1332/204080515X14241771107299)

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Abstract

Recent efforts to grow philanthropy in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland have focused on increasing the number of donors and size of donations, rather than on developing new methods of giving, despite this latter approach sharing the same objective. This article explores the rise of one such new vehicle - giving circles - defined as groups of individuals who donate money and/or time and have a say in the distribution of these resources. Scholarship on giving circles has largely focused on the United States (US), yet they are found increasingly in other parts of the world. This article focuses on how giving circles in the UK and Ireland are structured and administered; how and why they are formed; their key activities; typical characteristics of members; and why people join. It concludes by noting distinctive characteristics of giving circles in the UK and Ireland and setting out a future programme to further understanding in this area.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/204080515X14241771107299
Uncontrolled keywords: charitable giving, collaborative giving, giving cirles, philanthropy
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV27 Philanthropists
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Beth Breeze
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 12:50 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:30 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/52360 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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