How to start your Grapevine

It’s simple. Take a group of your friends. Commit to putting some money into a pot on Grapevine. Then decide as a group how to give it away.

Let’s break it down a bit more and give you some ideas on how to get started.

Step 1: Find a small group of your friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, or other people you know with a fire inside them to make a collective difference.

Step 2: Talk (or email or text!) about how your group will operate. Here are a few starter ideas:

  1. Every group member commits to donating $25 or more each month. Individuals submit their list of nonprofits. The group goes over each one, and at the end of the month, they vote on one nonprofit to collectively support.
  2. Each member commits to providing a $100 donation every quarter. Members submit the name of a local nonprofit for consideration. Three nonprofits are picked at random, and the group votes to direct all donations to one of the three nonprofits.
  3. At the beginning of the year, every group member commits $1,000 to go toward a specific cause such as women’s rights, racial justice, healthcare, or climate change. Throughout the year, the group reviews and narrows down a list of nonprofits doing impactful work for that cause. At the end of the year, the group votes on the 1-2 nonprofits they’ll support with their collective donations.

Step 3: When you’ve got your core team on board and have decided on your structure, start your group on Grapevine! Get your core group to make their donations, ask each member to invite a few friends, and get the word out on social media!

Step 4: After your group’s donations are in, it’s time to start the nomination or voting process you’ve all agreed upon. Because Grapevine makes it super easy to direct funding right to the nonprofit, the impact of your giving will be felt even sooner. And you’ll kind of love how good you feel.