Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Kansas City Star | 12/21/2005 | Charity in the round

Kansas City Star | 12/21/2005 | Charity in the round: "Charity in the round
Donors form giving circles to bring more power to their dollars
The Kansas City Star

A few years ago Beth Zollars asked 20 guests to bring a new woman’s coat to a holiday charity luncheon. She ended up dragging about a dozen super-size trash bags filled with donations to her car.

“I knew right then, ‘I’m definitely onto something,’ ” Zollars said.

This year about 500 guests attended Zollars’ holiday celebration at her Leawood home and wrote checks totaling almost $40,000 for local charities that focus on women and children.

Giving circles like Zollars’ are one of the most popular trends in philanthropy in the last five years, according to New Ventures in Philanthropy, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that recently studied this type of shared giving."

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