FAQs

  • Giving Circle is voluntary group of people coming together to solve social cause themselves. The beneficiaries can be surroundings or people. Each Circle has to have a CORE (initiator), MEMBERS and a Stated Social Objective.

    You can create your own Giving Circle by downloading the app from Google Play Store

    You can browse through existing Giving Circles and join some that interest you on the Giving Circle Website

    A series of EVENTS created by CORE and contributed by MEMBERS help in achieving the social objective.

  • You can start and record your social journey with Giving Circle. You can create your own Circle or you can join existing Circles. We will record all your contributions as a Circle owner or as a member in a GOODNESS TIMELINE

  • There are no charges for doing social good. You can download Giving Circle App and start your own circle or join an existing circle.

  • Register on the app and click on Create Circle. Please describe the social cause and your thoughts about solving it.

  • A dedicated web page will be automatically created for your Circle. It will be important to articulate the proposed activities since it will be read by website visitors.

    In addition to the visibility on Website, you will be able to invite people to join your Circle from your address book.

    Giving Circle App creates a Banner about your project which can be shared on social media as you wish.

  • You can explore Giving Circles and/ or EVENTS on the website or Mobile App. Many Giving Circles are open (unless they are marked with a lock at the bottom), you can join any such Circle by clicking JOIN. To join a Closed circle, you will have to send a request to Circle Owner.

  • EVENTS are the activities with smaller objectives conducted to move towards the larger Giving Circle goal. The CORE creates EVENTS in the App along with the resource requirements (Time, Money and Material). MEMBERS have to commit their contributions and participate.

    A series of EVENTS will achieve the goal of the GIVING CIRCLE. Please refer examples of Giving Circles and EVENTS at the end of the FAQs

Example 1

EVENTS are the activities with smaller objectives conducted to move towards the larger Giving Circle goal. The CORE creates EVENTS in the App along with the resource requirements (Time, Money and Material). MEMBERS have to commit their contributions and participate.

A series of EVENTS will achieve the goal of the GIVING CIRCLE. Please refer examples of Giving Circles and EVENTS at the end of the FAQs

Amit gets disturbed every time he crosses an under-construction building. The work is stalled, workers stay on footpath, children playing in dirt or begging. He keeps thinking of doing something for the kids but gets occupied with work and domestic responsibilities.

He happens to speak to some of his friends about an idea to teach the kids on weekends and evenings. His friends appreciate but don’t know how to go about it.

Amit forms a Giving Circle clearly stating his objective to teach 40-50 footpath dwelling children. He invites his friends and they form a Giving Circle. He keeps the Circle OPEN since he needs more volunteers than people he knows directly.

The first EVENT is to brainstorm, Amit creates an EVENT. His friends join the discussion and they come up with a plan on space, teachers etc. Amit speaks to the beneficiary community which readily agrees to send their kids in the evening for studies.

Amit creates RECURRING EVENT for classes every evening. He specifies time commitments required for teaching the kids. His team members commit their time. The evening classes begin and children turn out is good.

The Giving Circle grows with more volunteers joining the cause through Giving Circle Website. Amit decides to expand the work to food as he realizes that the kids seldom have nutritious meals. Amit expands his Giving Circle objective to cover food along with education.

Separate EVENTS for food are created and MEMBERS commit their contributions.

While doing all this Giving Circle Website creates a GOODNESS TIMELINE for Amit’s Each One Teach One Circle.

How did GIVING CIRCLE Platform help Amit?

  • Being a focused platform for social collaborations. It helped Amit in forming a structure and prompted him throughout the project.
  • Website where his project received visibility and his circle of influence grew.
  • Giving Circle team helped in creating content (video and write ups). They also featured his circle on their social media handles.
Example 2

With WhatsApp and Facebook, old friends have come close. We know what each one is up to almost always. Similar was a close-knit group of 5 friends, all of them had studied together in Primary and Secondary school. They were financially settled but their school wasn’t the same anymore.

A friend after a visit to the school posted some photographs of the dilapidated building, broken furniture and colourless walls. The discussion moved quickly to restoring the glory of the school. They knew if ex-students decided to pool in, the task was not difficult.

Swamy took lead and created a Giving Circle- Restoring Glory for the most amazing school. This circle was obviously marked as CLOSED since only ex-students could join.

The circle expanded slowly and separate EVENTS were created for refurbishing, furniture, library and cleanliness (water filters and wash rooms). A series of fund-raising EVENTS and volunteering turned around the school in a year.

How did GIVING CIRCLE Platform help Swamy and friends?

  • Disparate social media groups and multiple parallel conversations were replaced by outcome-based EVENT discussions.
  • Transparency and easy communication on resource requirements and commitments.

The examples above are of ordinary people like you and I. The belief that social issues can be handled by self service groups made all the difference. The examples are simplified for easier understanding and names are changed.

We are partners in your goodness journey. Please feel free to reach us at Contact@givingcircle.in for any further enquiry or assistance.