A giving circle is based on the premise that individuals can make a greater impact in their communities by combining their time, money, and energy. The Longleaf Collectives asks that members donate about one half of one percent of their salaries each year. The total amount collected at the end of the year will be donated to an innovative nonprofit working one or more of our focus areas – Arts, Education, Health, and Poverty – to launch a new project to directly improve the lives of the people of North Carolina. Throughout the following year, members of the collective will engage in direct service in support of that project.
Our promise to members is that in the Longleaf Collective they will find a way to leverage their philanthropy, educate themselves about the most important issues facing our community, and act to directly address those issues while forming strong relationships with other young professionals and a wide variety of community members, leaders, and advocates.
We are starting small – focusing on community issues in the greater Triangle area, or Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Lee, Franklin, and Granville counties. From the very beginning, though, our hopes will be large. Our sights are set on achieving greater quality of life for the greatest number of people in the state of North Carolina. And our net is cast wide – we are committed to nonpartisan solutions that incorporate the perspectives of diverse backgrounds and ideologies.
Mission – To build a new generation of community leaders through making a meaningful impact in the state of North Carolina.
How we accomplish our mission –
-Providing grants to nonprofit organizations in the Triangle region that are focused on making systematic change in one or more of our focus areas: The Arts, Education, Health and Poverty.
-Providing volunteer leadership to nonprofits as both an advocate and a resource for growth and development
-Providing an opportunity for young professionals to meet, learn together, and act together to address gather about the issues facing North Carolina
-Building a new generation of philanthropist and community leaders through the power of collective grant making
Values – The Longleaf Collective focuses on innovative nonprofits that are focused on systemic change. The collective envisions the grant making process being concentrated on long-term investments and partnerships. In addition, the grants should be used to experiment and take risks on opportunities that have the potential to produce the greatest social return. Grants will be given to organizations that are nonprofit in mission, nonpartisan in practice, and nondiscriminatory in terms of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. The Longleaf Collective also upholds the values of nonpartisanship and diversity in regards to its own programming.
We invite all young professionals in the Triangle to join by donating .5% of their salary to the Longleaf Collective each year. The long-term goal will be for members to increase their donation in future years to 1%.
Membership shall be open to all who are committed to our shared mission and vision. While we are formed as a resource to and philanthropic outlet for young professionals, typically between 18 and 40 years of age, we will welcome anyone in the Triangle who is dedicated to our mission and wants to get involved.
No formal process shall exist to hold members accountable for the requested portion of annual income. In other words, we operate on the honor system; no one in the collective will be investigating tax records to verify whether members have donated .5% of their salaries. We set this percentage as a springboard for members to calculate their annual pledges. However, in order to be a voting member of the collective, each individual shall be asked to make a donation of at least $100. All donations will be made to the Triangle Community Foundation and will be tax deductible.
In addition to donated funds, members shall be asked to pay a yearly nominal membership fee (not to exceed $50) to cover basic operating expenses of the organization. The membership fee will be set by the executive committee based on a budget approved by a majority vote of the membership. This fee is not part of the member’s charitable donation and is not tax-deductible.
Beyond fiduciary responsibility, there is no membership participation requirement to remain in good standing with the organization. However, we encourage all members to be involved in the grantmaking, service, and programming of the collective through the giving of their time, talents, and energies. At times in which a vote is required of the collective membership, a voting eligibility report will be run of all members who have donated at least $100 within the past year.
The selection criteria for organizations submitting an application are as follows –
-Have a direct mission oriented tie to our yearly theme;
-Be located and provide services in one or more of the counties of the Triangle: Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Lee, Franklin and Granville;
-Qualify as tax exempt organization as a 501(c)3;
-Does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. They must be committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.