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The Impact of Giving Circles in the UK and Ireland

18 March 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


A seminar from The Third Sector Research Centre.

Registration is not required.

Collaborative philanthropy through giving groups or circles is a trend emerging across the US, UK and around the world in which groups of individuals pool funds, knowledge, and/or time to support individuals, charities, or projects of mutual interest.

Over 80 giving groups have been identified in the UK and Ireland and more continue to emerge. The presentation will report on research to understand the impact of giving circles in the UK and Ireland on members/participants’ behaviour, knowledge and perceptions related to giving, volunteering, civic engagement and well-being, as well as on funding recipients.

A survey was administered to giving circles of varying types as well as a control group to gauge impact across giving groups and giving group members and non-members. Interviews were conducted with funding recipients to understand their experiences and the impact of working with giving circles.
Angela M. Eikenberry is 2014-2015 US-UK Fulbright Scholar affiliated with University of Birmingham Third Sector Research Centre, associate professor in the School of Public Administration, and the Diamond Alumni Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Her research focuses on nonprofit and voluntary organizations and philanthropy and their role in democratic governance. Her book, Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, and Democracy (Indiana University Press), won the 2010 CASE John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy.


18 March 2015
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Third Sector Research Centre


University of Birmingham
Room 710, Muirhead Tower
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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