Working Together to Strengthen the Lives of Others
Foundation For The Carolinas offers several collective giving opportunities. Collective giving, commonly known as giving circles, allows like-minded people to pool their money, research community needs and decide as a group where to give grants. Giving together magnifies the power of philanthropy.
Unlike solitary charitable giving, being part of a collective giving group can enrich the philanthropic experience. Collective giving is a participatory process that includes educational activities, proposal review, collective decision-making, volunteerism and site visits to nonprofit organizations.
These collective giving funds are operating currently under the Foundation For The Carolinas' special programs umbrella:
Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund advances philanthropy within and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Members donate $1,000 or more per year to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of the LGBT community and to fund bridge-building initiatives that cultivate alliances with the non-gay community.
New Generation of African American Philanthropists promotes the giving of time, talent and treasures among African Americans in the Charlotte region. Members pledge $1 per day for three years and invest the resources into nonprofit groups and causes that address issues adversely affecting a disproportionate number of African Americans.
Teen Impact Fund has granted over $99,000 to 23 organizations that address challenges encountered by youth in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. For 2016/2017 the Teen Impact Fund will be on hiatus. Foundation For The Carolinas remains committed to inspiring philanthropy among community members of all ages.