What is a Giving Circle? A giving circle is a formed when individuals come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money (and other resources such as volunteer time), and learn together about their community and philanthropy. Each giving circle is unique, reflecting the character and interests of its members. Thus, giving circles vary in structure, focus, and size. Cumberland Community Foundation currently hosts two giving circles: the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County and the E. E. Smith Academic Excellence Giving Circle.