“We encourage women to partner together and experience the joy of giving by supporting Christian ministries in our community that serve those in need and proclaim the gospel.” – Debbie Ochs
If you have not heard of a giving circle, here is a brief overview: A giving circle is simply a group of people who gather together to pool their financial resources and multiply the charitable effect they can have. There are many different ways to structure giving circles, and many tend to be led by women.
One Hundred Roses, now in its second year, is one such giving circle in Wichita, Kansas. Founded by Debbie Ochs and an advisory board, the group began with 80 women partnering together to give generously of their time, talent, and treasure to make a difference in their community.
How it Began
Debbie said she had been thinking about a group like this for five years before the time was right for her to begin it. She had served with other organizations and ministries previously, and she wanted to build a group for collective philanthropy among her community so that together they could build a network that would serve as a catalyst for change.
The women in One Hundred Roses are passionate about generosity because they have experienced the joy of it! “It’s a biblical command,” Debbie added, citing 2 Corinthians 9. “God calls us to generosity out of our gratitude for His generosity.”
Last year, members of One Hundred Roses collected $80,000 and donated it to seven local ministries who qualified as finalists for the first round of grants out of 26 initial applicant organizations. Debbie said that using a donor advised fund through The Signatry has been wonderful, as The Signatry handles all of the administrative support.
But the One Hundred Roses women do not only give of their financial means. They are also encouraged to serve alongside the partner ministries. Last year, more than half of the women involved took part in ministry site visits and volunteered at the various locations.
Debbie encouraged anyone else considering starting a giving circle to “Go for it!” She urged that they pray first of all, and research other giving circles around the country, as she did. “It’s a great way to come together,” she said, “And it’s a huge blessing to further God’s Kingdom through the joy of giving.”
True generosity starts with causes over dollars. For example, Debbie wanted to focus on local organizations in the Wichita area, so that is how she structured her giving circle. Building your own giving circle empowers you to create both impact and community in your realm of influence. And through the act of giving, you and your friends can also leave a lasting legacy in your area!
If you are interested in knowing more about how The Signatry can help you and your circle establish a donor advised fund, click here.