A joyful rise in “giving circles”

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“Charitable giving by individual Americans took a dip last year, largely because of worries over inflation, according to the latest Giving USA report. Yet the report also notes an unexpected shift. Giving for basic needs such as food or housing has risen for four years despite economic changes. Such giving for ‘human services’ now ranks second to donations for religious institutions, edging out giving for education. One reason may be that Americans are trying different ways to be generous without relying on established charities. One popular avenue in recent years has been ‘giving circles.’ These are small groups of individuals who gather to seek out local needs and then pool money to meet those needs.” (06/26/24)