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Achieving more by giving together

Giving circles allow anyone to contribute to a common cause either as a supporting donor or as a member actively involved in the distribution of funds. Members and supporters contribute to the growth of the fund’s assets with their contributions, increasing the grantmaking capacity of the giving circle over time. Members can also promote their cause to the broader community through public education events and participate in the giving circle's committees.

Black Philanthropy Month

An initiative of the African American Women’s Development Fund USA that began in

A global celebration of African-descent giving observed every

During this special month, ACF is highlighting people and projects that advance
and work to improve
quality of life for
African-Americans in

The African-American Women’s Giving and Empowerment Circle was founded in July 2013. The circle exists for members wishing to contribute their time, talent and treasure to address social issues in their community through grantmaking, advocacy and public education. The Real Engagement through Active Philanthropy circle, or REAP, was established in July 2014 to provide Black men in Arizona with a mechanism for community investment, strategic giving and grantmaking.

A recent report, Connected to Give: Community Circles, suggests membership in a giving circle has many personal benefits for those involved. According to the report, giving circles can foster personal, professional, and philanthropic connections based on a shared identity and inspire people to see themselves as philanthropists. This empowers members to seek and find ways to strengthen their community through strategic giving both through the group and in their individual giving.

To become a philanthropist yourself, contact Keva Womble to learn more about the responsibilities and benefits of membership in either of these giving circles.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative

The Arizona Community Foundation leverages philanthropy as a tool to transform and build community. In 2008, dedicated staff, board members, and a task force of respected African-American leaders came together to establish the Black Philanthropy Initiative to address relevant issues in Arizona’s Black community.

Through strategic grantmaking, the endowment supports nonprofit organizations that serve African Americans in such critical areas as health, education, workforce development and community building.

If you would like to get involved, you can make an online donation or contact Keva Womble to learn how you can contribute your time and talents. For more information about Black Philanthropy Month, visit

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