There is no “quick fix” for racial injustice.

Groups committed to diversity, justice, and equity work, like my own team at Philanthropy Together, know that this is not something we can solve overnight. Our internal and institutional racial equity work is something we examine, restructure, and commit to each and…


Women’s philanthropic leadership is on the rise around the globe! I had the honor to appear with my friends and colleagues as part of Empatthy’s virtual conference, “Boosting Women’s Philanthropy in Ibero-America” on March 19, 2021, as well as participate in several masterclasses on how to start a giving circle…


Jeffrey Lambert of the Venture County Community Foundation received 10,000 new donors from their work doing emergency response due to local fires in Ventura and COVID relief efforts over the past three years and wanted a way to engage those donors more deeply.

Ari Rosen, from the Jewish Federation of…


“I am passionate about making a difference in my community, but I don’t know where to begin.”

This is one of the most common refrains we hear from new participants in our Launchpad For You program, a five-week virtual training program for individuals interested in starting their own giving circles…


Launchpad For You Fall 2020 // Philanthropeeps Cohort

We have made it through a tough year together.

As sobering as 2020 has been, ushering in a world pandemic, social isolation, staggering death rates, spotlighting racial killings and inequalities, and a polarizing political divide among our nation, the inspiring silver lining is that we did not bow out. …


Latino Community Foundation | Photo Credit: Bryan Patrick Photography (2018)

Each year as families prepare to celebrate the year-end holidays, organizations are getting ready for the busiest time of year for giving. I, for one, am excited to see a much-needed shift in giving trends this year.

Despite increases in overall giving levels, philanthropy has seen troubling giving trends in…


At a time when it can seem as though our country is more divided than ever, it’s invigorating to connect with creative people working tirelessly to unify our communities rather than divide them. I was among hundreds of artists, changemakers and social justice leaders in the philanthropy and arts sectors…


The Community Investment Network (CIN)’s annual conference truly was a Homecoming! It felt so good to virtually gather with hundreds of leaders in philanthropy including writer and philanthropist Melanie Brown, Rev. …


In the middle of March, I got a call with an offer for my dream job: leading Philanthropy Together, a new national organization to grow and strengthen the giving circle movement. It felt like the perfect time for a new beginning, but just a few days after accepting it, I…

Sara Lomelin

Executive Director at Philanthropy Together • Connecting people through the power of giving circles

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