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An emerging philanthropic trend: the 'giving circle' |

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from the December 30, 2004 edition

An emerging philanthropic trend: the 'giving circle'

By Patrik Jonsson | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

RALEIGH, N.C. � From a modest suite in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Pat's Place operates with a noble mission: to give battered children a refuge.
For director Anne Pfeiffer, who's planning to move the small nonprofit into a 2,400-square-foot house, asking for money has become second nature. But a few months ago, Pat's Place received one of its largest and least expected gifts: a $100,000 windfall, not from a corporate donor, but from a tightly knit group of no-name philanthropists from Charlotte's wine-and-cheese circuit.

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