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How can I get funding for my personal project?

Personal or independent projects -- for example, traveling overseas for a mission, attending summer camp, raising money for a specific person in need -- typically are not eligible to receive foundation grants. However, if your project is artistic or research-related, or its primary purpose is to serve a larger audience and improve the community, you could consider fiscal sponsorship as a means to qualify for foundation grants.

Topic(s) Individual Giving Crowdfunding Support for Individual Grantseekers

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How much do Americans give to charity?

Charitable giving statistics have been published annually since 1955 in Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, researched and written by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and published by the Giving Institute and Giving USA Foundation. Total charitable contributions by individuals, corporations, and foundations was an estimated $390.05 billion in 2016, up 2.7 percent 0ver 2015, according to Giving USA 2017.

Topic(s) Individual Giving

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What is a giving circle?

According to the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers' More Giving Together, a giving circle "is formed when individuals come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money (and other resources such as volunteer time), and learn together about their community and philanthropy."

Topic(s) Foundation Giving Individual Giving

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Catalysts for Change: Non Governing Boards as Pipelines for Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Leadership

Join us to learn how to leverage non-governing boards (such as junior boards, young professional boards, or advisory councils) to build pipelines for diversity and cultivate the next generation of talented leaders at your nonprofit.

Topic(s) Fundraising Corporate Giving Find Corporate Donors Individual Giving Donor Cultivation & Retention Find Individual Donors Governance Boards Collaboration Planning Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Human Resources Volunteers

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Next Gen Changemakers: Youth Driven Philanthropy in the Bay Area

Join Foundation Center West as we explore this new online hub and highlight the work of the Philanthropy Initiative, a unique youth grantmaking program at Lick-Wilmerding High School, in San Francisco. Learn how local philanthropists and inspiring Bay Area youth grantmakers grapple with questions about social justice, equity, and ethics as it pertains to giving.

Topic(s) Fundraising Individual Giving