Discussion at GPC Spiritual Civilization Meeting in 2015

Global Philanthropists Circle

Inspiring, enabling and connecting philanthropists and social investors to create a better world.

The Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC) is a community of leading philanthropic families and social investors using their time, influence, and resources to fight poverty and social injustice in their own countries and around the world. Founded in 2001 by Peggy Dulany and her father, David Rockefeller, the GPC increases the impact of members’ philanthropy and allows them to become more effective social investors by offering opportunities for learning and collaboration.

Our Offerings & Advantage

Participants in GPC Spiritual Civilization meeting

The Global Philanthropists Circle is a community of over 300 philanthropists and social investors from more than 30 countries. Members exchange ideas to better understand poverty-related issues, share the successes and challenges of their philanthropic experience, and inspire one another as leading global changemakers. The GPC is a safe space where members seek and give input on difficult choices and complex questions. Many members say that meaningful connections are the most valued aspect of their participation in the network.

Three generation of the Rockefeller family at 2009 GPC Members Meeting

Circle membership is open to all members of the family. Inter-generational giving, the transfer of values, and family dynamics are regular topics of discussion and learning. Next Generation gatherings provide an opportunity for emerging philanthropists to share experiences on topics of interest to them and discuss their unique role in their family’s philanthropy and social investment.

2017 Spiritual Civilization Meeting

Programs include overseas learning journeys, workshops, site visits, week-long reflective retreats and informal gatherings designed to help members maximize peer learning. Members convene every year for Annual Meetings in Europe and United States.

Synergos event in Oaxaca, Mexico

Circle members have access to the tools and knowledge of Synergos’ unique, holistic approach to fostering collaborations, building trust, and implementing change processes that contribute to the scale and sustainability of social impact. The Synergos approach uses four elements to increase individual and collective effectiveness to address complex problems: personal reflection, systems thinking, bridging leadership, and collaboration.

Participants in GPC learning journey to India

The GPC encourages philanthropists to bring their whole selves to their philanthropy: their skills, connections, influence and willingness to listen. Retreats and reflective sessions provide ways for philanthropists to find their passion, understand their purpose and bring their heart, as well as their head, to their philanthropic work.

GPC staff and member

A dedicated Synergos staff person provides each GPC member with tailored support and counsel to help them meet their philanthropic and social investment objectives, as well as to improve their capacity as changemakers. Through Synergos Consulting Services, members can also receive more intensive support on a fee-for-service basis.

  • Global Community & Peer Learning

  • Family-oriented Philanthropy

  • High-quality Events

  • Synergos Approach

  • Mindfulness & Inner Work

  • Customized Services

Affinity Groups

Farmers with cattle in Ethiopia

Food Systems

The Food Systems Group convenes GPC members interested in using food as a tool for social and environmental change. Tailored learning experiences cover related issues such as human health, sustainable agriculture, and more. 

Discussion at 2016 GPC Members Meeting

Next Generation

The Next Generation Group is an affinity group of the Global Philanthropists Circle. The Group supports deeper engagement between younger philanthropists within the GPC as well as those who represent the second or third generation in their family’s philanthropic journey.

Flowers in a pool

Spiritual Civilization

The Spiritual Civilization Group explores ways philanthropists can increase consciousness of the ideals and practices in society that work for the greater good.

We Love Reading program in Jordan for Syrian refugees

Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian Refugee Crisis group convenes philanthropists to share examples of effective approaches, identify gaps and explore ideas for joint action.

Coffee cooperative in Ethiopia

Impact Investing

The Impact Investing Group convenes members interested in using the power of markets and the tools of investing as levers for sustainable social impact, at scale. 



News & Insights

2017 GPC Members Meeting: Values-Driven Philanthropy

Video: Peggy Dulany: Philanthropy and Leadership for the Future - Remarks for Koç Holding Event


GPC members retreat at Pocantico Hills


Membership in the Circle is by invitation only. A member of the GPC team will discuss the terms and benefits in more detail, so that Synergos and your family can determine whether participation in the Circle is appropriate for you.

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