Giving Circles

Our five giving circles are groups of like-minded individuals who pool their money each year and decide together how it should be distributed. These groups also offer social, educational, and engagement opportunities and help provide a more thorough understanding of philanthropy and community issues.

The African American Giving Initiative is focused on reversing the negative trends experienced most strongly within the African American community. Through its grantmaking, the Initiative tries to address the needs and aspirations of the community in the greater Rochester region. Learn more »

As family and friends of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), the Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle is committed to supporting innovative programs that will help loved ones (18 and older who have completed school) lead fulfilling, productive, and meaningful lives. Learn more »



The LGBT+ Giving Circle was created by a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and allies. Through grants from its LGBT Fund for Greater Rochester, the Giving Circle hopes to bridge diversity and cultivate community. Learn more »


NextGen Rochester is cultivating its members (typically ages 21 to 45) to be the next generation of citizens who make “giving back” part of their lives through leadership, friendship, and philanthropy. Learn more »


The Rochester Women’s Giving Circle is a community of philanthropic women who combine their financial resources to support women and girls on their journey to economic independence. Learn more »




PHONE 585.271.4100 | FAX 585.271.4292 |
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PHONE 585.271.4100 | FAX 585.271.4292 |
500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607


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