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Reframing Philanthropy

Jennifer Iacovelli

A recent board retreat for a nonprofit client of mine made me wonder how many people don’t give simply because they think they won’t make a difference. What would happen if we gave just a few dollars every month? Everyone. We could make some serious change in the world.

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  • Gregory Wilson

    I am actually taking a class classed Social Justice and Philanthropy at Brandeis University. One of the things we discussed is the new trend of giving circles. Giving circles are a new way that make a big impact with small donations. Check out this with:

    • Jennifer Iacovelli

      I love the idea of giving circles. I've thought of starting one myself. I will check out this website. Thanks!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Hey Jenn, it's great to hear that you donate what you can once a month. What a wonderful way to make an impact. How do you choose which causes to donate to?

    • Jennifer Iacovelli

      It's a fairly organic system. While I found I was thinking about where to put my money each month at first, now the organizations seem to present themselves. For example, I lost my 13 year old dog recently and decided to honor him with a donation to the shelter we adopted him from. Or I'll have a friend who is strongly advocating for a cause in a certain month and I'll support them. Sometimes I'm asked. Sometimes it's a nonprofit I just wrote about and was moved by their mission and passion. It varies. That's why I've been writing about it. To document the process and explore why I give. I find the more I give, the easier it is!

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        I think the most important part is you're making your donations really personal. It's the perfect way to donate. The less personal, the less invested you are to the cause long term.