Giving Circles are vehicles for collective giving that are growing in popularity in Australia. Well established in the United States and the United Kingdom, Giving Circles enable individuals to pool their funds and other resources to achieve greater social impact.
In 2017 we will expand the circle of individuals who form the Girls Academy Giving Circle, and who donate their time, talent and/or money to enable the Girls Academy Program to fully engage young Indigenous women in life, learning and work, and so become a force for change in their communities.
What we do
Some members of the Girls Academy Giving Circle contribute financially, while others volunteer their time and talents to the Girls Academy Program, which operates throughout Australia. All members make collective decisions about which Academy projects or priorities the Giving Circle will fund each calendar year.
Who can join
Membership of the Giving Circle is open to individuals, as well as small groups known as Mini Circles. Both individual and Mini Circle members belong to the nationwide Girls Academy Giving Circle, and each member is assigned to a local chapter of the Giving Circle.
There are two categories of individual membership:
- Individual members who make an annual monetary donation of $1,100, and
- Individual members who make an annual voluntary service donation of 25 hours.
Small Groups known as Mini Circles
Mini Circles are small groups of up to six friends, family, or colleagues who join together with like-minded individuals to raise an annual contribution equivalent to the donation of an individual member (i.e. $1,100).
Once a group of interested individuals has formed into a Mini Circle, they need to decide on a name for their Mini Circle and nominate a coordinator who will be responsible for gathering and paying the annual membership fee for the group, as well as being the primary contact person to the wider Girls Academy Giving Circle. All members of a Mini Circle will be registered individually on the Giving Circle’s membership list and so directly receive invitations and the like.
As the Girls Academy Giving Circle grows, individual and Mini Circle members will be allocated to a Local Chapter of the Circle on the basis of their postcode. For example, in the metropolitan area in WA, members could belong to the Clontarf, the Balga, the Kiara or the Girrawheen Chapter of the Circle. Those in regional NSW could belong to Coonamble, Dubbo, Gunnedah, Kempsey, Melville, etc.
What members can expect
“You are one grain of rice. You come together with other grains, and it becomes a bowl of rice, and that is how we feed.”
Ana L. Oliveira, President of the New York Women’s Foundation
Giving Circles throughout the world aim to combine philanthropy with social interaction. They encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to come together to contribute to a common cause as they network and socialise with others.
The Girls Academy Giving Circle offers you an opportunity to:
- Pool your donations with others to achieve greater impact
- Influence the Circle’s goals and the expenditure of its monetary resources
- Meet with young women and staff of the Academies
- Participate in special events and social opportunities
- Add value to the Girls Academy Program through voluntary service
- Donate in a tax effective way, and
- Have fun as you contribute and make a difference to young lives.
What happens to membership fees
The monies raised by the Giving Circle will be allocated to an annual grants program. Each year, individual academies will be invited to nominate projects for funding and members of the Girls Academy Giving Circle will determine which projects are to be funded.
To defray some of the costs associated with running the Giving Circle, $100 of every $1,100 raised by members goes toward meeting administrative costs.
Please select the button below either Download a membership form or Join Us Now to complete your online membership application.