Giving Circles Fund (GCF) uses the power of collective action to create lasting change. The organization was founded on the premise that anyone can become a generous, committed and strategic giver. Recognizing that affordability, knowledge and impact are a barrier to entry for many people who want to give back, GCF developed an innovative online platform that has helped emerging philanthropists grant hundreds of thousands of dollars to deserving nonprofits across the country. In early 2016, Giving Circles Fund merged with the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF) in order to scale its impact. GCF and LAAF were natural partners because of our shared values and complementary programs, technology and educational content. LAAF’s founder and president, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, has championed giving circles since founding the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) over 16 years ago. SV2 has grown from a small giving circle into the second largest venture philanthropy partnership in the world, and continues to grow its number of partners, total grantmaking and impact beyond the Silicon Valley community.
By making it easy to build or join a giving circle, GCF inspires, educates and empowers people to give in a way that matters more.