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The Giving Group AZ

Seeking a fun and easy way to make a difference in the community? The Giving Group AZ–one of 40 groups nationwide–is dedicated to making amplified contributions to local nonprofits each year, and makes giving back simple, as well as a great way to meet others.

The Giving Group originated in Seattle and, since 2017, has donated nearly $190,000 to local nonprofits. The group currently has 120-plus members and is looking to reach 150 by this summer (the bigger the membership, the more support to charities can be offered). Each member commits to donating $100 per quarter; thus, more than $10,000 benefits a different Valley charity every few months. “It just seemed like a win for the community, a win for the nonprofits, and a win for the members,” says Brian Yampolsky, The Giving Group AZ founder.

How is it decided which nonprofits to support? “Each quarterly meeting, we randomly select four members who nominate their favorite local nonprofit. Each of these nonprofits have four minutes to speak to the group, and then we vote on which nonprofit we want to donate the $10,000,” Yampolsky says.

Those interested in joining The Giving Group AZ can take part in the next quarterly meeting, taking place on May 26. “We gather for one hour, which is enough time to review the rules, hear from the previous winner regarding what good things they did with the money, hear the four nonprofit speakers and vote. It truly is the best hour I spend.”

Meetings take place at Desert Stages Theater at Scottsdale Fashion Square. To learn more about The Giving Group AZ, visit tggaz.org.

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