Sharon Lipinski, Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles

Sharon has become an expert in creating, facilitating and supporting giving circles.  As the founder of  the Loveland, Colardo based Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles, Sharon works vigilantly to help individuals around the world collaborate on causes they care about, allowing their small donations to make a bigger difference.

Good philanthropy isn’t easy,” says Sharon, “Our donations can be wasted on inefficient charities or unethical charities…on programs that don’t work or no one wants. Even worse, our donation can hurt the very people we’re trying to help. Good philanthropy requires knowledge, experience, and time.”

Change Gangs was founded with the belief that a small donation is a big deal, and aims to close the gap between the size of an individual’s wallet and the size of impact that is being made by the donation. By pooling small donations and having the group research the problems and solutions, Change Gangs helps donation dollars to be directed in ways that create greater impact.  Also, Sharon is committed to helping people cultivate their practice of giving, which in turn opens up more generosity in people’s lives.

The funds from The Pollination Project will be used to support Sharon’s upcoming speaking tour, which will educate and inspire people to form giving circles. For more information on Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

GRANT AWARD DATE:  APRIL 18, 2014