Community Power Giving Circle

Community Power Giving Circle

Community Power Giving Circle

On June 2016, board member James Castillo and NEXTGEN 2015 Fellow Jeselle Santiago debuted the Bayanihan Foundation’s newest initiative, Community Power Giving Circle, a giving circle created by young Filipino Americans like Jeselle dedicated to give back to young Filipinos and Filipino Americans locally and globally.

What is a giving circle? A giving circle is a group of individuals who come together, pool charitable donations from its members and make collective decisions where to grant their money. The COMMUNITY POWER Giving Circle is one of the few active Filipino American giving circles in the US. The giving circle plans to be center among young Filipino Americans helping and giving to other young Filipino and Filipino Americans in the US and abroad.

What is the focus of the Giving Circle? In 2016, the Community Power Giving Circle plans to focus its giving to Filipino and Filipino American youth projects both in the US and/ or the Philippines.

What are the expectations if I join the Giving Circle? You are expected to give your share towards the pooled funds. In addition, you are expected to attend four meetings (virtual Google chats or in-person in Chicago, IL): 1) popular education training on privilege and power; 2) leadership development and fundraising; 3) selection of group/s to be awarded; and 4) assessment and evaluation. You are invited to the award ceremony and inaugural party of the Giving Circle (see tentative dates on page 2).

Jeselle Santiago announces the launch of the Community Power Giving Circle with Shirley Pintado (second from right) and Alicia Santiago (far right) looking on (June 2016)

Jeselle Santiago announces the launch of the Community Power Giving Circle with Shirley Pintado (second from right) and Alicia Santiago (far right) looking on (June 2016)

Who is involved with the Community Power Giving Circle? Bayanihan Foundation board member James Castillo and NEXTGEN Fellow Jeselle Santiago serves as champions of the Giving Circle. Both James and Jeselle are recruiting friends and acquaintances to join the group. Dale Asis, President of the Bayanihan Foundation serves as fiscal agent of the Giving Circle.

Who can join the Giving Circle? Both James and Jeselle are inviting other young Filipino Americans, ages 14 years old and up, to join the Giving Circle. 10 additional members are expected to join. If you are between ages 14 and 18 years old, please have one of your parents or guardian sign a brief consent form (please ask Jeselle or James for the brief consent form).

Why have a Giving Circle? A giving circle taps into donors’ personal interests and desire for engagement while allowing them to leverage their dollars to make a significant difference in their communities.

Bayanihan Foundation board member conducting permaculture workshop in Cebu, Philippines (October 2014)

Bayanihan Foundation board member conducting permaculture workshop in Cebu, Philippines (October 2014)

Why is Bayanihan Foundation having a Giving Circle? In 2015, the Bayanihan Foundation sponsored NEXTGEN Program of young Filipino Americans to travel back to the Philippines, learn about their roots and provide opportunities to help back home. The Community Power Giving Circle is aligned with the Bayanihan Foundation’s mission of Filipinos abroad helping Filipinos at home. The giving circle will also engage Filipino and Filipino American groups both locally in Chicago and globally in the Philippines.

How does a Giving Circle work? The host, Bayanihan Foundation and the giving circle, Community Power has legal responsibility for the giving circle and its activities. Although the giving circle may have considerable autonomy and independence, the Bayanihan board will review all decisions and activities to ensure that the giving circle doesn’t accidently do something that puts the host at legal risk.  The Bayanihan Foundation serves as fiscal agent of the giving circle and provides donors tax deduction for their monetary gifts. Bayanihan will accept the donation, provides official thank-you letters and provide regular reports about the pooled fund’s status.

How much should I give, if I decide to join this giving circle? A member is expected to give $150 or more towards the pooled fund. The Giving circle will help you fundraise and share strategies to help you raise the funds. In addition, the Bayanihan Foundation board is also raising additional funds with possible matching funds from the Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). The Community Power Giving Circle is a proud member of AAPIP and check out this link: http://bit.ly/29rUL9P

2015 NEXTGEN Fellow Jeselle Santiago collected used books for elementary school in Iligan (October 2015)

2015 NEXTGEN Fellow Jeselle Santiago collected used books for elementary school in Iligan (October 2015)

When does the Community Power Giving Circle start? Tentative timeline (subject to change)

Winter 2017 – Giving Circle fundraising with fellow young Filipino Americans

Spring 2017 – Review applications from fellow young Filipino Americans and selection of recipients (core members and all donors)

Summer 2017 – Announcement of recipients/ celebrations in Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL

Who do I contact if I have additional questions about the Giving Circle? Please contact James Castillo at redbpro@gmail.com, (626) 241-7010 or Jeselle Santiago at jeselle.santiago@gmail.com, (630) 362-1347

Do you want more info? Sign up for the Community Power Giving Circle List serve (your information will not be shared):

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Download the Community Power Giving Circle Frequently Asked Questions FAQ PAGE by clicking HERE

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