Giving Circles

The concept of a giving circle is as simple as it is powerful. A giving circle is formed when a group of individuals pool their dollars, decide collectively where to give their money and resources, and learn together about their community and philanthropy.

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County connects people with causes that matter to them, engaging community members in philanthropy. We support two vehicles through which you can collaborate with members of the community to make a significant impact. Discover the power of giving together!

100+ Women Who Care

Inspired by the growing national enthusiasm for the giving circle model, and supported by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the 100+ Women Who Care is a local giving circle that aims to support local non-profits through collective giving.

Their strategy is simple: 100+ Women commit to attending four one-hour meetings per year at which they pledge to give $100 to the mutually-selected nonprofit organization. Each member also makes an annual contribution of $100 to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County which goes into a 100+ Women Fund to help meet future community needs. For only $500 a year, members make a significant impact in this community.

Click here to learn how to join.

50 Men Who Care

Inspired by 100+ Women Who Care of Bloomington, a group of local men joined forces to form 50 Men Who Care.

Similar to the women, their mission is simple: Bring together 50 men in the Monroe County area who care about local community causes and are committed to community service.

Four times a year, they meet and jointly vote for a local charity or nonprofit organization (three will be nominated ahead of time). Each man agrees write a $125 check to the selected organization and the group’s commitment turns into a $5,000 or more donation.

Click here to learn how to join.