Category Archives: Circles in Action

Philanthropy Magazine Article

John M. Templeton Jr.

The Roundtable is the leading voice in philanthropy for objectivity, integrity, open-mindedness, and stewardship with a commitment to measurable results.

– John M. Templeton Jr., Chairman and President, John Templeton Foundation

Circles USA has been featured in the most recent edition of Philanthropy Magazine, published by Philanthropy Roundtable.

This article comes as Circles USA begins our 2017 expansion and shares the heart warming story of Danika. When Danika was 21 years old, she nearly became a homeless single mother. After dropping out of college she was working at McDonald’s and couch-surfing. Eventually, she humbly returned with her infant to her mother’s home in Asheville, North Carolina. Danika’s efforts to improve her job-readiness skills led her to the local Circles program, which gave her the help and motivation to become self-sufficient.

 

Read the full article here

Circles USA Featured on CNN

 

Eradicating Poverty, One Family at a Time

From CNN: The Circles USA® Campaign is a transformational approach that partners volunteers and community leaders with families wanting to make the journey out of poverty. Operating in communities around the country, each Circles USA® initiative consists of families working to get out of poverty and several middle and upper income Allies who befriend them and lend support. The family is the Circle Leader, setting direction for activities. With the help and friendship of their allies, each family sets and achieves goals unique to their own needs.

Rather than targeting a surface need of at-risk communities such as housing or food provision, Circles® seeks to expand social capital by fostering relationships across racial and economic lines. It engages the community as a whole and encourages growth from people of all financial classes. Circles® is designed to assist families in creating their own personal paths out of poverty while at the same time expanding opportunities, connections and eliminating barriers in the community that make it difficult for families to thrive. History of Circles Campaign

Circles USA launched the Circles® Campaign in January of 2007 after having evolved for ten years from its roots as a discussion group between welfare recipients and social workers to its current form. Early results demonstrate that for every $1 spent on the program, $2 in welfare and food stamp subsidies was returned to the state, and $4 to the community as new earned income. Who We Are

The Circles® National Campaign currently has 62 member communities across 23 states and growing. Scott Miller from Albuquerque, NM is the founder of Circles® . The mission of the Circles® Campaign is to empower people from every economic class to solve poverty in their communities through individual transformation and community change.

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Circles USA Campaign to End Poverty

 

From CBS News: The Circles USA® Campaign is a transformational approach that partners volunteers and community leaders with families wanting to make the journey out of poverty. Operating in communities around the country, each Circles® initiative consists of families working to get out of poverty and several middle and upper income Allies who befriend them and lend support. The family is the Circle Leader, setting direction for activities.

Find a Circle Near You

“When Helping Hurts” by Steve Corbett

When Helping HurtsWhen Helping Hurts has sold more than 225,000 copies is considered a classic on the subject of the role faith-based organizations play in the alleviation of poverty in their community. The Circles USA model of creating Circles is explored and recommended throughout the book.

“When Helping Hurts”, does an excellent job of bringing the reader to a better understanding of poverty and the causes which are much more than just a lack of financial or material resources.

It also reveals how many of the current efforts churches have engaged may be unintentionally undermining the people they’re trying to help and seeks to direct Christians to more holistic strategies like Circles as stated in the book. In short, “When Helping Hurts” challenges Christians to help the poor empower themselves. 

Circles USA has many faith-based partners opening more and more Chapters in communities across North America. If you would like to learn more about how to bring Circles to your community or parish please watch this video from Circles USA Founder and CEO, Scott C. Miller

More Resources to Begin the End of Poverty

Circles Overview / Start a Circle