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Giving Circles

This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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A giving circle is a form of collaborative philanthropy where groups of individuals donate to a shared fund, and together decide where to give their money. Members share the goal of increasing their impact on the issues they care about and engagement with charities they choose to support.

Giving circles provide opportunities for you to:

  • maximize your impact by pooling resources
  • network with other committed fundholders
  • broaden your understanding of philanthropy
  • engage with leaders and learn about issues in your community

If the collaborative impact of a giving circle inspires you, here are two ways to get involved:



See a list of current circles you can join below.



Your own giving circle with our toolkit.

Joining an Existing Giving Circle

There are several giving circles established by Toronto Foundation fundholders that you may be interested in joining. Check the list below to see if the goals of an existing giving circle resonate with you.  Then reach out to Sarah Muir <>to learn more about how to get involved.

Issue Area Lead Accepting New Members Minimum Commitment
Food Security Niya Bajaj Yes No
Climate Change Alex Morris & Meghan Daly Yes No
(Why Not Theatre)
Paul Nagpal &
Priya Vir
Yes No
Women: education, childcare & enhanced employment Michelle Savoy & Vincenza Sera No Yes

Start your own Giving Circle (Toolkit)

Are you passionate about a cause you don’t see on our list?  Or maybe you just want to lead your own giving circle? Download our toolkit below for your crash course in how to get started and reach out to Sarah Muir <> so she can set you up for success.