Unleashing Generosity through collaborative giving

Unleashing Generosity is a learning community that offers resources, coaching and inspiration for giving circles, donor networks, financial and philanthropic advisors, families and individuals.

What We Do


  2. We offer coaching and consultation to help increase the membership and outreach of our Learning Community members. We also facilitate learning and collaboration among the members to enable them to share ideas for growing and retaining membership, increase their outreach to financial and philanthropic advisors, and strengthen their ties with NGOs, activists and leaders.


  2. We inform philanthropic and financial advisors about the benefits of giving circles and other donor networks for their clients. We also offer advisor coaching and workshops (for CEU credits) on new trends in the field of philanthropy, and how donor networks and giving circles help unleash the generosity of people of wealth and their families.


  2. We coach donors and their families on their giving strategies, tactics and methodologies. We have seen that joining giving circles or donor networks often accelerates people’s leadership and generosity. It is inspiring to see collective work and wisdom shared, and to be part of giving money with others outside one's family. 

  3. Unleashing Generosity provides an introduction to a variety of donor networks and giving circles that each have a distinctive way of bringing donors together to support social and environmental issues. Every donor is going to have different preferences for the type of group that they will find enjoyable and comfortable. We enable people to find at least one network or giving circle that is a good match for their interests and values. Once we do an intake interview on the goals and issues that are important to you, we will refer you to our member networks, advisors and other resources.

  4. Our goal is for you to find the best group of people to support and inspire you to make a greater impact on the issues you care about.  Individual coaching is available by phone and email. Coaching and facilitation of intergenerational dialogues are also available for families.

  1. If you are interested in any of these services we invite you to Join our Learning Community.

  2. For more information about hiring us please contact:

Tracy Gary in U.S.

Karen Payne in England

Why We Do It:  Our Theory of Change

  1. Our goal is to increase the amount of resources for social change

  2. by inspiring donors to give more 

  3. – and to give more strategically and joyfully.

  1. Research shows that people who convene in networks accelerate their giving and creativity when they meet other donors and hear their stories. Their generosity is further stimulated when they build relationships with leaders of social change organizations and diverse community activists.

  2. We know there are thousands of new donors, including the next generation of inheritors and high-earners, who could benefit from mentoring by an older generation ready to pass on their experience and contacts. Older donors also have much to learn from the innovative thinking and insights of younger donors and activists.

  1. The voices of people directly engaged in social justice and environmental sustainability are a compelling factor in unleashing generosity. Diversifying and democratizing philanthropy is a key to directing more resources to these issues.

  2. Therefore, in order to catalyze more resources for social change by inspiring donors to increase their giving, we have chosen to focus on four strategies:

  3. Strategy 1   We connect financial and philanthropic advisors with donor networks so they can help their clients find the best match.  Donor networks include giving circles, study groups, donor education initiatives, and advocacy collaboratives on a range of issues.

  4. Strategy 2   We strengthen the ability of donor networks to attract new members and retain existing members. We are building and nurturing an international Learning Community of donor networks so they can benefit from each others’ learning, participate in mentoring, and share stories, information and research.

  5. Strategy 3   We foster relationships between donor networks and diverse social change leaders in order to accelerate the process of diversifying and democratizing philanthropy.

  6. Strategy 4  We raise the profile of collaborative giving through traditional and social media.


What we do and why we  do it