Shared Gifting Funds
RSF Shared Gifting Funds pioneer an innovative model of grantmaking designed to encourage collaboration and learning.
RSF Social Finance is dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. We believe it is possible to transform the dynamics of the philanthropic field by fostering a spirit of collaboration and learning, rather than competition, in the grant making process. RSF has been supporting a “fund sharing” model of grant making through the Mid States Shared Gifting Program for over 15 years. This program, created by Elise O. Casper, demonstrates a new model of grant making in which the grantees are also grantors as they work together to disburse a pool of funds to each other.
What is Shared Gifting?
After careful pre-meeting work, the process is as follows: 1) a pool of money is granted to a selected group of grantees; 2) the grantees review one another’s proposals and needs; 3) at the meeting, grantees share news, organizational biographies, and discuss each other’s proposals; 4) through a process of gifting, grantees collectively determine how the funds should be distributed between each of the participating organizations.
From an economic perspective, the fund sharing process fosters the most efficient use of resources by requiring grantees to achieve consensus on how funds will be best allocated to support their collective efforts. From a social perspective, the process builds community by placing participants in relationship with each other as both grantee and grantor. Ideally, competition becomes collaboration. You can read more about the fund sharing model, originally developed through the Fund Sharing Group of the Mid States Shared Gifting Program, in this article.
In the fall of 2013, RSF held its second Shared Gifting circle in Skagit County, WA. Eight participants were invited to participate in the collaborative grantmaking process to divide a pool of $120,000. Visit the Reimagine Money blog to learn more about this meeting.
Help Support the Growth of Shared Gifting
The Shared Gifting Program is dependent on Philanthropic Support to continue this work. RSF is seeking funds to support Shared Gifting in each of our three focus areas. If you are interested in donating to this fund or learning more about the shared gifting process, visit our donations page or contact Kelley Buhles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.561.6152.
Please note that this fund will not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Please do not contact RSF if you are seeking a grant from this fund.
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