Grapevine for Individuals

Whether you’re ready to start your own giving circle, want to discover one to join, or are just interested in helping to grow the movement, there is a place for you in the Grapevine community!

Join an existing Grapevine

Don’t want to start your own Grapevine but still want to join the giving circle movement? We have Giving Circles across the country that you can join to support specific causes and local communities.

The Grapevine Giving Circles Network

We started The Grapevine Giving Circles Network to further the Grapevine mission of democratizing and diversifying philanthropy. Through the Network, everyday people can connect with each other and support underfunded causes, communities, and organizations that they care about.

If you want to connect with like-minded people to make a bigger difference together, click on the button below to visit the Grapevine Giving Circles Network page and find the right circle for you!


Become a Giving Circle Leader

Create community through collective giving.

Grapevine is the infrastructure partner to the Giving Circle movement. We make it easy to start a Giving Circle by setting up a group page, inviting members and collecting donations on Grapevine in minutes. Whether you’re a small group of friends, a block of close-knit neighbors, or a team of professionals rallying around a cause, Grapevine is your philanthropic home for group giving.

Get started and start amplifying your impact today!

The fastest, easiest way to start a giving circle! Just follow these easy steps to get your giving circle up and running in the same time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.

  1. Complete your canvas

Fill in the canvas below to determine the structure of your giving circle group. Think about causes you’re passionate about, who you’d like to participate, and how much you’d like everyone to give to outline the structure of your group. Not quite sure? Check out a few popular models for inspiration here.

2. Create your Grapevine

Create your Grapevine account and giving circle for free right here. Remember to use your canvas to guide the setup of your group.

3. Invite other leaders

Do you know someone else in your network who is passionate about making a difference and can recruit other members? Invite them to help you lead your giving circle and jumpstart the group! You can use Grapevine’s simple invitation feature to send them a personalized invitation right from your giving circle page.

4. Put together your pitch

Create a description of your giving circle to use for outreach and recruiting more members. Make sure to personalize it with your personal “why” and share the high level goals and model of your group from your canvas.

5. Invite your community

Share your giving circle and pitch with your community! You can use Grapevine’s simple invitation feature to send them a personalized invitation right from your giving circle page. We recommend sharing your invitation through the channels you already use to communicate with your community as well, like email, social media, text message, phone calls, and even in-person get-togethers.

6. Host your kick-off!

It’s time to get excited about the giving circle! Host an event where you can invite all of the early members (and potential ones too!), explain how the group will work, and answer all of their questions. This is a fun way to connect with each other and get everyone excited about the community you’re creating and the impact you’re all going to have together.

Download our simple guide to start your giving circle here.


Support Grapevine and the Giving Circle Movement

Do you want to support Grapevine and amplify your impact through the power of tens of thousands of donors across the country in hundreds of giving circles? Support Grapevine’s work by donating to the Grapevine Giving Foundation! Your donation will support our team’s efforts to help launch new giving circles, train new giving circle leaders, provide matching donations to help giving circles to get started and grow, and much more!

Have another idea of how you’d like to support Grapevine and the giving circle movement? Let us know! Email us at [email protected].