What is a Circle? Why a Giving Circle? There is power in collective giving-- each and every dollar creates real and sustainable change by funding your favorite programs. Women’s Giving Circle or another type of Circle enables participants to make collective funding decisions and become more involved in the giving process than by simply writing a check to a favorite charity. Giving circles vary in structure, size, and charitable focus. Some giving circles are very informal, simply a group of friends who meet in each other’s homes to discuss and decide on where their funds will go. Other giving circles have hundreds of members and governing boards, and may use a community foundation, such as the Eau Claire Community Foundation to manage the financial aspects of their giving. Giving circles also provide social and educational benefits for their members as they share their hopes and visions for the community, research community needs, and make collective decisions. It is a philanthropic process which strengthens communities.