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The Seacoast Women's Giving Circle was founded in April 2006 by a group of local women eager to use their skills and resources to address critical issues facing the Seacoast community.

Letter from Founder.

In April 2006, a group of twelve women gathered in my living room and decided to start the Seacoast Women's Giving Circle. Now with over 80 members, the group has become a wonderful community of women with a shared purpose: to improve quality of life on the Seacoast through collective giving and grassroots action. Our focus is simple: Learn. Give. Act. Together, we have inspired each other to learn about Seacoast community needs, to invest over $100,000 in local community organizations and to volunteer for causes that both spark our passions and address the needs of the Seacoast community.

The Seacoast Women's Giving Circle is part of a growing national trend. We're one of nearly 600 giving circles across the country that collectively have poured $100 million into their communities and are now a recognized philanthropic force. While giving circles come in all shapes and sizes, most include social, educational, engagement and giving components. Giving circles also share a common goal: to harness the power of collective giving for the benefit of our communities nationwide.

We hope that some of the visitors to this site will be inspired to start a giving circle in their own communities or to join our efforts. If you would like more information about the Seacoast Women's Giving Circle or just a little encouragement to start your own, please email us at seacoastwomensgivingcircle@gmail.com.

We would welcome the opportunity to hear about your ideas, share our experience, or offer advice and information.

Anne Rouse Sudduth

Letter from the Seacoast Women's Giving Circle Founder

"Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead