Donors

Donors are the Lifeline of Our Work

Our organization has always been strengthened by those that help us build circles of support in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. That’s especially true of our donors and our volunteers. They fuel our cause through monetary contributions and countless hours of volunteer support. As a non-profit, we not only depend on their commitments, we celebrate their noble service.

If you share our passion in ending poverty and building stronger communities, we invite you to join our cause as a donor or volunteer. Your support helps ensure a brighter future for those dedicated to moving out of poverty.

“Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. supported Circles with a capacity building grant because we recognized their potential to address poverty in a dramatically different and more effective way. I was able to see, first-hand, how the Circles model helps low-income families find the path to prosperity through positive role models, financial management workshops, and job training. It was gratifying to know that our support helped Circles broaden its reach and scale up its efforts. I encourage other values-driven companies to invest in the health of their communities by supporting Circles’ innovative approach.” Karen Yacos, Director Community Outreach, GMCR, Inc.

There Are Many Ways to Donate

Giving at any level benefits individuals and families working their way out of poverty by providing them with education and training that helps them achieve their goals.

You can donate annually, monthly or through a one-time contribution. Donate here.

Corporate donors interested in supporting the efforts of Circles® USA should contact Carol Gresham, chief development officer, at (888) 232-9285 or Carol@CirclesUSA.org.

Spotlight

Walmart Makes Major Investment in Circles 

We are happy to announce that Walmart recognizes the unique differentiation and strategic advantage that Circles provides, and as a result, the Walmart Foundation – through Walmart’s global Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative – has awarded a $500,000 grant to Circles USA. This investment will help ensure Circles USA is positioned to expand the scope and scale of our reach and impact, and that we achieve our 2014-2016 goals including:

  • Increasing the number and success rate of Circle leaders who progress towards economic sustainability
  • Increasing and diversifying revenue for Circles USA and our chapters
  • Increasing the capacity of chapters to sustain and expand Circles
  • Increasing the impact of Big View work at local and national levels

We’re inspired by the commonalities in our mutual desire to empower people and believe that our partnership will elevate Circles to new levels. Walmart’s investment represents a major step towards building the long-term sustainability of Circles USA and creates a national and global platform to share community-inspired strategies to end poverty. We’re proud of this partnership. The Walmart Foundation is currently supporting programs that will enhance the economic mobility of more than 200,000 women in our country. To date, more than $62 million in foundation funding has provided opportunities for more than 111,000 low-income women to enhance the skills needed for economic self-sufficiency. Through organizations and programs like the American Red Cross, Goodwill and Dress for Success, and now Circles USA, the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to women’s economic empowerment is helping women better provide for themselves and for their families. We look forward to the work ahead of us and continuing to bring together the best resources we can to raise people and communities out of poverty. For additional information about the grant, please contact Gena Atcher by phone at (888) 232-9285 or Gena@CirclesUSA.org.

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