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Philanthropy Northwest Network Call - Giving Circles: Moving Money Within Community

Philanthropy Northwest Network Call - Giving Circles: Moving Money Within Community

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Event details

Friday, February 16, 2024
10:00am to 11:00am PST

About this event

Please note this event was originally scheduled for February 9 and has been rescheduled to February 16.

Giving circles, funding circles, collective giving – there are many names for this growing movement of grassroots philanthropy, where a group of individuals come together as a collective to pool resources and give money. While these groups have existed informally for hundreds of years in many cultures and communities, they are growing in popularity as a means for building relationships around shared values and priorities. 

Join us for a conversation to explore giving circles, their potential for impact and community building and how they can partner with institutional funders as part of a thriving philanthropic ecosystem.


Valériana Chikoti-Bandua, Executive Director at Social Justice Fund

Valériana Chikoti-Bandua is a former refugee from the country of Angola. She is indigenous to the Ovimbundu tribe in the southern region of Angola. Born in the neighboring country of Zambia due to a bitter civil war, at the age of three Valériana’s family fled the country of Zambia and found refuge in the country of Papua New Guinea where she was subsequently raised. In 2007 she moved to the USA as an international student, and as life would have it in her quest to just obtain her bachelor’s degree the United States has become her second home. Valériana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, a minor in American studies and a masters degree in Global Governance with a concentration in International Security. Valériana has served as a Human Rights Diplomat for the country of Angola in the Human Rights Committee, she is a TEDx speaker of the talk titled “Protect the Girl Child.” She has served in a variety of leadership capacities to interrupt anti-Blackness and end sexual violence in Black and Immigrant communities for over 12 years.


Chris Hairston-White, Chief Operating Officer at JMI

Chris Hairston-White is a purpose-driven executive leader in the Central Virginia area. She has spent 23 years perfecting the art of relationship management, marketing and branding, strategic planning, project management, event management and team building. As a philanthropic professional and volunteer, Chris has successfully aligned donors' desires with not-for-profit missions to achieve the transformational outcomes necessary to address the social determinants of health. Her experience is extensive and diverse ranging from commercial banking at Fortune 500 financial institutions to impact investing at community development organizations with a primary focus on affordable housing, accessible capital and youth development. Her exceptional analytical skills have helped numerous organizations assess the best possible investment return. Chris is a founding member and current Chair of SisterFund, a giving circle administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Richmond. SisterFund raises awareness about issues affecting African American women and girls in the Richmond region and invests in nonprofits that serve them.


Melissa Walker, Head of Giving Circles at The States Project

Melissa is the author of ten novels for young adults and children. A former magazine editor, she now enjoys gathering people together to share stories about how they can pool their resources in political giving circles and change the balance of power in state legislatures. She is a graduate of Vassar College who hails from Chapel Hill, NC, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times and Teen Vogue. 


Tyeshia Wilson, Senior Director of Community at Philanthropy Together

Tyeshia “Ty” Wilson is a community organizer, trainer, consultant and a sought-after speaker on equity in philanthropy, politics, community engagement and leadership. As senior director of community at Philanthropy Together, Ty leads the engagement strategy, connecting with giving circle leaders and members around the world in person and virtually. She also provides 1:1 and group coaching through Launchpad For You and Launchpad For Hosts, Philanthropy Together’s flagship giving circle training program. Serving through a multidisciplinary lens, Tyeshia is involved in numerous volunteer organizations focused on advancing equity in philanthropy, government and civic life, including Register HER, Our Vote is Our Voice, and Chair-Elect of HERitage Giving Fund, the first Black giving circle in Texas that invests in Black, women-led nonprofits serving women and girls.


Background and Registration

The Philanthropy Northwest Network Call series takes place one Friday every month to bring an important topic to our network. The goal of these calls is to lift up an issue to our network of funders to deepen their learning, inspire action, and highlight where philanthropy might intersect with this work. 

These calls are open for anyone to join. You don’t have to be from a philanthropic organization or a member of Philanthropy Northwest, but please note these conversations are framed around philanthropy, and the role philanthropy might play around a particular issue.  

Registering for a Philanthropy Northwest Network Call automatically adds you to the Network Calls listserv. You can unsubscribe and remove your email from the list at any time. 


Philanthropy Northwest strives to make our events accessible to everyone. On these calls, we offer closed captioning and speakers give physical descriptions of themselves in their introductions. The calls are also recorded and we share the recordings and other supportive resources within a week after the call. If you require an accommodation or service to fully participate, please contact JulieAnne Behar.  

Please contact JulieAnne Behar with any questions.

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