This week, the New York Times featured an article on the impact of women’s giving circles similar to Impact 100’s. The article states that such giving circles are on the rise, and quotes Debra J. Mesch, a director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy, as saying, “It’s a way that women are becoming more strategic in their generosity and making the biggest impact on groups and causes they care about.”
The article does mention Philadelphia’s Impact100, whose co-president, Jacquie Stern, notes a great perk to these giving circles: a diversity of professional women and stay-at-home mothers.
Ana L. Oliveira, president of the New York Women’s Foundation, summarizes the beauty of women’s giving circles the best: “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.”