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Croatan Institute team leads crowdfunding and giving circle training

Croatan Institute team leads crowdfunding and giving circle training


This fall, Senior Associate Christi Electris and Associate Kristin Lang led two in-person trainings on behalf of McIntosh SEED for the Southern Partners Fund (SPF), a foundation founded by a coalition of grassroot community organizers serving rural communities in the Southeastern United States. McIntosh SEED is a community-based organization focused on strengthening low-wealth families and rural communities through economic development, education reform, and environmental preservation.

The first training was for a subset of the foundation’s social justice grantees on September 29th-30th, and the second training was during the foundation’s annual members meeting on October 27th. The presentations, which were part of the Raising Resources in the Rural South initiative, provided an introduction to giving circles as a way to engage community members to learn about philanthropy in their communities, and to begin to see themselves as philanthropists. The trainings also guided participants on how to launch a crowdfunding campaign. Along with the in-person meetings, which both took place in Atlanta, GA, the SPF grantee attendees also participated in three interactive webinars as part of an action-learning program. Through this work, Southern Partners Fund hopes to increase the ability of its members and grantees to fundraise within their communities in new and creative ways.

For more information on Croatan Institute’s crowdfunding trainings, please visit the Crowdfunding Action Learning Program page or contact Christi Electris at christi [@] croataninstitute.org.