The Giving Circle's mission is "Promoting Innovation and Possibilities." Members are focused on making the world better for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) 18 and older who have completed school. By channeling our collective energy and maximizing our advocacy and experience, we believe we can create systemic change to help our loved ones live the best lives possible.
A giving circle is a group of like-minded individuals who pool their money each year and decide together how it should be distributed. For the DD Giving Circle members, it's about more than writing a check.
Parents and family members are facing more concerns than ever before: An increased demand for services; changes in government funding, the aging of family caregivers coupled with longer lifespans for people with I/DD; and the unique challenges and stressors of raising a child with I/DD.
The Giving Circle provides an outlet to collaborate with and learn from other parents and have a say in where money raised by the group is directed. It also includes social, educational, and engagement opportunities that connect family members and friends of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and provide a more thorough understanding of philanthropy and community issues.
A group of parents, siblings, and advocates of individuals with I/DD approached the Community Foundation about establishing a Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle, which was approved by the Foundation board of directors in February 2014.
The Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle is led by a Steering Committee that includes Co-Chairs Leslie Hulbert and Dianne Newhouse, along with Joel Benzel, Dr. Susan Hetherington, Mary Holleran, David Krusch, Dan Phillips, Margit Brazda Poirier, Randi Rhinehart, Caitlin Weir, and Joyce Weir.
The Giving Circle wants to support innovative projects and programs with new approaches to solving existing problems through more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or service models. Since its start, the group has awarded $134,355 to local nonprofit organizations..
The Giving Circle's grant opportunity is announced in December and each Spring members discuss and vote on grant proposals vetted by the Grantmaking Committee. In 2019, grant priorities include Employment Readiness and Success, Community Inclusion, and Increased Independence. Get more details at the Giving Circle's Grant Profile page.
Here are grants awarded by the Giving Circle in its first four years:
Become a member to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Join before January 31 at any level (see below) and you can have a vote in the Giving Circle's grantmaking in the Spring of that year.
If you would prefer to support the Giving Circle by making a donation or giving a gift in memory or honor of someone, it can be in any amount.
Send a Check: Mail a personal check made out to Rochester Area Community Foundation and Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle in the Memo Line to Rochester Area Community Foundation, 500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
Donate Online: Use our secure and easy online form.
All contributions to the Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle are tax-deductible.
The Giving Circle is looking for members who would like to be actively involved in reviewing grants and growing membership to spread the word about the group. To find out more, email Mary Holleran, vice president of communications, or call her at 585.341.4351.
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