How Collective Giving Circles are unique and how can you  get the most out of your participation in WIN

Zoom Call with Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz

Tuesday evening WIN members enjoyed a great discussion between Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz and Kristine Moore on her experience of Collective Giving groups. You can view the Zoom recording through the link below.

Note that there is a long lead time on the video. To see WIN members greeting each other as they sign on,  start around minute 10. The actual interview starts around minute 19. Enjoy! 

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Buffy Beaudoin Schwarz connects WIN to its sister

organizations nationwide

Sept. 24, 2020:  Are you a bold woman interested in rolling up your sleeves and giving your time, talent, resources, and voice to worthy causes in New Hanover County?  Then, according to Buffy Beaudoin - Schwarz, national expert on Collective Giving Circles and the growing power of women in philanthropy, WIN is where you belong.  WIN members gathered on Zoom on September 22 to hear from Ms. Beaudoin-Schwartz about the rapid growth of collective giving as a force in philanthropy.  The movement pools funds to increase the impact of each donor, democratizes philanthropy, and can quickly galvanize resources to meet local needs.  Buffy rekindled for all our members the excitement that drove the organization’s founding in 2011. 

In a lively Q&A session, Buffy emphasized the importance of

·  Strategic and Communications Plans:  Have a strategic plan and then a communication plan as an overlay to everything you do, including different strategies for different audiences. 

· Diversity:  Determine how you as a group define it?  What are your goals and purpose in increasing diversity?   Develop a leadership development plan to address observable gaps. 

· Partnerships.  Work with other CGCs allows you to leverage resources and share expenses.  COVID-19 has further increased the need for such partnerships.  

· Membership Dues: One fixed dues amount and one vote is the most democratic model, but having flexibility in the amount of $ and services one contributes to WIN can attract more members, especially younger women.  

In closing, Buffy complemented WIN on its emerging Circles for each Area of Giving.  She identified them as a great way to allow members to get more involved in areas they care about. They will also create a cohort of experts and expertise on key issues within WIN and help WIN stay engaged with area nonprofits, community experts and advocates, as well as other donors.

Each time a WIN member describes what they love about the group, they include the pleasures of working with other smart, active, and articulate women.  And that, we heard, is the feeling at the heart of Women’s Giving Circles all around the county and our story to tell across Southeastern North Carolina.  Enjoy the video of this session below.


On September 22 (5:30 - 6:30pm),  meet Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, a national leader of Women’s Giving Circles, who’ll be speaking to WIN via Zoom.  You can register here: 

Collective Giving

Buffy, a colleague of WIN member Sharon Stewart,  will share her excitement about the power of Giving Circles and answer your questions about how WIN can increase its impact in New Hanover County

Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz is a philanthropic leader whose professional career, volunteer efforts, and activism have been focused on human rights, women’s issues, and social change through philanthropy.

Buffy is a recognized national leader on Women's Giving Circles, is a co-author of the award-winning book Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World, the author of dozens of published articles on women’s giving, and has participated in ground-breaking national research on giving circles for the last two decades. Buffy is an Advisory Board member of the Women’s Giving Circles International group, served on the Strategic Planning Committee for the national Philanos group of women’s giving circles, and is active in the current infrastructure support group for the American giving circle field funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation called Philanthropy Together. Buffy believes women’s philanthropy is the next wave of the women’s movement.

After being an original founder and then serving as a Past Board Chair, Buffy is currently the first Executive Director of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.  The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County (WGC) is currently celebrating 18 years, 1,000+ donors, and $1 million+ to support women and girls. The WGC has empowered generations of women in Howard County through philanthropy.

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