Giving circles are a simple and powerful concept: Individuals combine their dollars in a shared fund, with a mission of supporting worthy community projects each year.
Giving Circles Benefit Our Community
We are a dynamic, passionate group of women who care deeply about our community and are committed to making it a wonderful place to live. By pooling our money, we fund efforts that improve life for residents of Anacortes, address local concerns, and enhance community resources.
How We Do It
Giving circles are simple yet powerful: individuals combine their dollars in a shared Fund (managed by Skagit Community Foundation). Together, we decide where to give money, and in doing so, learn about the needs of our community and the impact of philanthropy. Members of the Anacortes Giving Circle meet twice a year.
Each fall we will meet to vote on an annual theme and kickoff that year's giving campaign. Any person who makes a donation in any amount is automatically a member for that year, but our hope is each member will make a donation that is a significant amount for her. The suggested donation amount is $365 ($1/day), but you can give $50 or $100, or if you are truly inspired, we welcome gifts of $1,000 or more. We encourage young women to join and ask for a membership donation of $25 for those members under 25 years of age. When it's time to decide which project(s) AWGC will support (in the spring of each year), each member gets to cast one vote for her favorite project. The project(s) with the most votes will be funded that year. To enable Anacortes Women's Giving Circle operations, $5.00 of each contribution will not be tax-deductible. These member fees will be used to support the cost of meeting venues and other operational expenses for the group.
November 15, 2021 - January 30, 2022: grant applications are open to nonprofits serving the Anacortes community. A grant committee reviews applications and selects finalists. The finalists present at our Spring General Meeting and members votes in person or via email in order to determine which organizations will receive funding. Based on voting, recipient amounts will be announced May 2022.
All donations (less $5.00) are tax-deductible to the extend allowed by law. Your donation will be processed and kept anonymous by the Skagit Community Foundation, EIN 91-1572414. You will receive a hard-copy thank-you letter and receipt in the mail.
Our membership provided $25,663 in Covid Relief Grants in Anacortes
Anacortes Family Center: $15,000 Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services: $5,000 Youth Dynamics: $1,800
Anacortes Friends of the Forest: $1,681.50 Brigid Collins Family Support Center: $1,681.50 Salish Sea School: $500