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The Giving Circle, Inc. (TGC) is an all volunteer non-profit organization based in Saratoga Springs, NY. The organization was founded in 2005 by Jefferson Award nominee Mark Bertrand with a mission to connect communities in need with those with the resources to help.

The Giving Circle, Inc. was initially founded in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and has since expanded its efforts working locally with the underserved in Saratoga County and supporting the revitalization of Saratoga Springs’ Beekman Street Artists District, nationally – continuing rehabilitation efforts in the Gulf Coast, and internationally with a partnership a team of Ugandans to form The Giving Circle Africa ( NGO), to build an orphanage (Koi Koi House) & school in Wairaka Uganda.

View 2010 Annual Report

The Giving Circle, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Your donations are tax-deductible.

Our History

Information about our completed projects

Who Are We?

Who are we? We are you, you are us. We are an ever expanding group, driven by the common bond of community and desire to ease the suffering of our common community, our common family. We are doctors and patients, jockeys and couch potatoes, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. We are teachers and students, and we are all students and all teachers. We are all races, all religions. We are friends, family, community, giving the gift of loving-kindness, compassion, and aid to friends, family, and community in their time of need.

We are you and you are us. We are the ones who benefit from the giving. We, who help by giving what we can, receive the greatest gift from the ones who allow us into their community, culture, and lives.

We are you and you are us, an ever expanding circle of giving, each doing just what we can, each giving just a little, the many can do so much.

We are the single mom of three who lost her house and all her belongings in a storm, and the team of builders who reach out to help rebuild her home. We are the ten year old boy who needs a wheelchair and the hospital that donates one.

We are you and you are us, we are the ones in need and the ones in a position to give just what we can to help our fellow community, family, mankind.



Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections and expectations, but rather on the rights of the other: irrespective of whether another person is a close friend or an enemy, as long as that person wishes for peace and happiness and wishes to overcome suffering, then on that basis we develop genuine concern for his or her problem. - The Dali Lama




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