Membership & Support
Our network consists of individuals and organizations of all kinds that are committed to and actively advancing: giving, sharing and philanthropy, for the benefit of, First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada.
What it Means to be a Member of The Circle
Membership in the Circle brings you into a broad network of foundations, not-for-profit, charitable and funding organizations committed to connecting with and supporting the empowerment and achievement of First Nations, Inuit and Métis nations, communities, and individuals in Canada.
How Membership Works for YOU
Membership in The Circle provides you with opportunities for information sharing, networking, collaboration, training and professional development. As a member of the Circle, you have the opportunity to make an important contribution to our mission of expanding the scope and effectiveness philanthropy, giving, sharing, and social investment in Aboriginal communities. Additionally, as a new, one-of-a-kind organization in Canada, we strive to respond to emerging membership needs and provide supportive services that are unique to our members. Supportive services in the areas of project development, fundraising education and training and strategic development are accessible to members at fair rate.
Benefits of Membership
- Discounts on workshops and webinars
- Participation in Collaborative Circles
- E-newsletters and other important information on Indigenous philanthropy
- The opportunity for networking, sharing and learning about funding opportunities
- Recognition on the Circle Website
- Advance notices of Circle events, conferences, etc.
- The opportunity to build and support fundraising for Indigenous issues and causes
- Connection to the broader global field of Indigenous philanthropy
Participative Learning, Education & Changemaking in Aboriginal Philanthropy
Workshops and Webinars: Members will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and webinars hosted by The Circle (free or at a reduced rate) on topics related to philanthropy and Aboriginal peoples. We wish to aid our members in building knowledge capacity in the realm of Aboriginal philanthropy, as well as opening creative forums within which members may share their own knowledge in this area. Members will be prioritized when it comes to choosing webinar/workshop hosts, broadening the reach of your presentation to a network of interested listeners and supporters fostered over time throughout The Circle’s history. Some examples of webinar topics so far have been: “On the Qualified Donee List?”, “Great Idea, Program or Project?: Funders Share What They Know”, “Student Nutrition Programs: Partnerships in Canada that Grow” and “Let’s Connect!: Image Canada Presents Grant Connect”
Participation in the Collaborative Circles: Our Collaborative Circles identify key issues, nurture conversations, strengthen relationships and research innovative solutions to some of the challenges faced by Aboriginal peoples in Canada today, and work to expand the level and reach of financial and human resources. Our members will have the option to participate in one or more collaborative circles and will have the opportunity to take part in the planning stages as a means to making the collaboratives more in tune with members’ suggestions upon subject matter/approaches to a topic. Currently, the Circle supports two collaborative circles.
Inclusion in Gatherings of Changemakers in the Sector
Annual Gatherings: The Circle hosts annual gatherings intended for dialogue and sharing around philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. We create a space where foundations, not-for-profit organizations, and others can connect to one another face-to-face and gain access to new research, stories, and our expanding network across the country. As a member, you can share your own learnings in a forum that provides insight through a range of perspectives from diverse members and prominent stakeholders in the philanthropic sector.
Participation in Annual General Meeting: The Circle promotes a participatory approach to decision making and for this reason, all members are welcome at our Annual General Meeting so as to encourage the dissemination of ideas from all sides of our membership base. The Circle advocates for full transparency in every level of the decision making process and values the opinions and ideas of its members even in preliminary meetings.
Access to Resources to Educate and Engage
Publications: The Circle has published several works on initiatives/issues in Aboriginal communities across Canada, which members have full access to, as well as a large collection of other resources related to Aboriginal philanthropy in Canada.
Grantmaking: Membership in The Circle deems you eligible for discounts on useful resources for your own funding initiatives, increasing your access to online grant-making tools.
Access to Networking and Advertising Forums
Newsletters: Our quarterly newsletter covers topics, resources, events and opportunities in Aboriginal philanthropy in Canada. The section “Member News” is devoted specifically to our members’ going-ons in the area of Aboriginal philanthropy including ongoing/current projects/promotions, or any other news that is relevant to our mission. The newsletter has 700 subscribers and readership is growing, thus, the letters provide a space where our members’ news can be shared with a large, active and interested audience.
Professional networking: The Circle is home to a host of professionals from across the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors, serving as a hub for Aboriginal philanthropic innovation and support. Memberships also allows for increased accountability when approaching grant-makers inside and outside of The Circle when seeking support in philanthropic endeavors.
Website: Through our website, members are featured with Collaborative Circle network pages where members can share their programs and resources.
By being a member of the Circle you can help us reach this goal by joining us in our efforts to:
- Strengthen the level, innovation, and community reach of financial and human investments in Aboriginal communities across Canada.
- Nurture conversations, connections, and relationships among Aboriginal communities and philanthropic organizations.
Recognize deeply rooted injustices and model respect for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis cultures, practices, and institutions.
- Broaden and deepen public knowledge, including the history of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
Support the flourishing of Aboriginal models of philanthropy.
- Promote and strengthen First Nations, Inuit, and Métis participation in the governance and decision-making of philanthropic organizations.
As a member you will contribute to the strength of our network, the diversity of our members, and our goal to support the empowerment of Aboriginal communities in Canada. By joining or renewing your membership in the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada you will be a part of the important work of building a stronger, healthier future for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis nations, communities, and individuals.
If you are interested in joining the Circle please review our membership guidelines.