We are committed to transforming the field of philanthropy by bringing collaboration, trust, transparency, and community wisdom into the grant-making process to foster relationships that will build a compassionate and regenerative economy. We do this through our participatory grant making program, Shared Gifting, which gives full decision-making authority of grant funds to community leaders.
By moving control of grant funds from donors to organizations, trust, accountability, reciprocity and relationships are created in a way that moves beyond traditional philanthropic models. There are no directed outcomes or objectives for how the recipients use the money; participants of Shared Gifting Circles use their collective wisdom to determine the best use of the funds. It also frees the recipients to create mutually beneficial collaborations not likely in typical competitive models. Our overarching intention is to have the community decide how community wealth is distributed.
RSF’s Shared Gifting program is inspired by Elise O. Casper and the Mid-States Shared Gifting program.
At the Shared Gifting Circle in Philadelphia, PA, twelve local sustainable food and agriculture non-profits participated, sharing a pool of $100,000. This group came ready to collaborate and ended up putting aside a portion of the money to raise matching funding to support their work together!Read more
Check out the following papers and articles to learn more about the Shared Gifting process.
Contact Kelley Buhles
Senior Director, Philanthropic Services
and Organizational Culture