GatherDC Giving Circle

by GatherDC Staff / December 6, 2018

giving circle

GatherDC’s Executive Director Rachel Gildiner and Rabbi Aaron Potek invite you to take part in a hands-on exploration of your Jewish giving values and opportunity to make a lasting impact in the community.

We will collaborate with like-minded Jewish 30-somethings and decide how to create social change in our community at sessions on January 16th, 23rd, 30th, and February 6th from 7 to 9pm at GatherDC’s townhouse in Dupont Circle.

We invite you to learn more and apply below.


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Giving Circle Q&A

For those who have never participated in a giving circle before and have a few questions…we have some answers for you.

What’s a giving circle?

A giving circle if a form of participatory philanthropy where a group of people pool together their money and collectively decide where to donate it.

How much money do I need to contribute?

We request a minimum contribution of $180. 100% of this donation will go directly to the organization(s) you decide on together as a group.

Where does the money go?

You decide! Each member of the group will have an opportunity to explore and present charities you care about. As a group, you will decide where and how to donate the pooled money.

What is the point of this giving circle?

There are several! A few are: to increase awareness of nonprofits and charities that are worthy of your support; to empower you to discover your philanthropic values and identity; to help you meet other Jewish young adults with a passion for giving back; to increase your engagement with important causes for years to come; and to make your financial resources go further.

What will we do at each meeting?

The group will get to know one another through deep, meaningful conversations about Jewish values of giving and our own personal Jewish identity. We’ll discuss and ultimately vote on what charity to invest in.

What if I can’t afford to donate $180?

Don’t worry. You can contact Rachel Gildiner at and we can decide on an amount that works for you.

What if I would like to contribute more than $180?

$180 is the suggested amount. However, additional contributions are welcome. Please donate the amount that will enable you to make a meaningful contribution to the organization(s) that this giving circle selects.

Does any of the pooled money go to GatherDC?

No. None of the money you contribute for this giving circle will go to GatherDC.This giving circle is not intended to be a form of fundraising for GatherDC, but rather an opportunity for community members to discover their philanthropic values and identities. If you would like to support GatherDC, you may voluntarily choose to make an additional donation.

Is my gift tax deductible?



For questions, email Jackie at

GatherDC welcomes the participation of interfaith ​individuals, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations. GatherDC ​fosters inclusive communities​​​ and strive​s​ to accommodate all needs whenever possible. If you require special accommodations, please contact us​ in advance of the event​ at (202) 656-0743, and we will make every effort to meet your needs.

By attending, you understand that photographs and/or video may be taken at this event, and your picture may appear on the GatherDC website, publications, or other media.