1% for the Planet Giving Circle supports sustainable food systems



1% for the Planet Giving Circle supports sustainable food systems

1% for the Planet Giving Circles bring individual members together to discuss climate solutions, learn about Trust Based Philanthropy and make a collective donation to a nonprofit partner of their choice.


We can do more, together.

A diverse group of 26 individual members participated in the Giving Circle from across the U.S., U.K., Australia, Switzerland and Singapore. Kate Vellucci, a fellow individual member shared learnings from her graduate studies in Global Development Practice at the Harvard Extension School and as a former Farm to School Coordinator.

Sessions were structured to help members expand their knowledge of climate solutions, learn about philanthropic best practices and decide where to make their collective donation.

Thanks to resources provided by Philanthropy Together, an organization growing the Giving Circle movement, and Grapevine, a platform for Giving Circles, we were able to facilitate a meaningful collective giving experience.


BK Rot banner-01Photos by BK ROT

The Giving Circle focused on Trust Based Philanthropy and the importance of redistributing power in service of a more equitable nonprofit sector and stronger philanthropic ecosystem. Guided by research provided by Project Drawdown, the group discussed best practices for climate philanthropy. Then, the group used their learnings to choose four core values and decide from six environmental nonprofits making an impact in sustainable food solutions.

Together, they chose to center their decision around the values: Community, Diversity, Sustainability, and Transparency.



Support for community-centered and fossil fuel-free food waste reduction

After considering six incredible nonprofit partners, the group chose to support BK ROT—New York City's first community-supported, bike-powered, fossil fuel free food waste hauling and compost service! Their grant totaled $3,095, supporting BK ROT's mission to create space for the leadership of young people of color who disproportionately face the consequences of environmental destruction (check out their mission in the video above!).

The Giving Circle wrapped up with plenty of connection, reflection and gratitude for the impact of collective action. As one participant summed it up:

The giving circle exceeded my expectations. I learned a lot in the company of great people.


We are excited for our next 1% for the Planet Individual Member Giving Circle. If you would like to participate, please email individuals@onepercentfortheplanet.org and visit our website to learn more about the Giving Circle and other individual membership opportunities.

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