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Global Philanthropists Circle

The Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC) is a home for individuals and families from around the world to re-imagine how to address our society’s most pressing needs.

The Global Philanthropists Circle was founded in 2001 by Synergos Founder Peggy Dulany and her late father David Rockefeller Senior as a global network for leading philanthropic individuals and families to collaborate with and learn from their peers.

GPC members share Synergos’ commitment to create a more just, equitable, peaceful and regenerative world, as outlined in our Community Agreement. Leading with inner work, we nurture a deep trust among our members and cultivate a brave space to share challenges and shift perspectives as the role of philanthropy continues to transform.


Our Offerings & Advantage

Spiritual Civ Meeting 2018

The Global Philanthropists Circle is a community of over 400 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 Sekota Learning Journey

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.  Most of our in-person events have been postponed due to the covid-19 crisis, and we are holding virtual convenings instead.

two adults walking on dirt path in Montana

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.


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.


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. 

Outdoor bridging leadership exercise in Brazil

Bridging Leadership for Social Investment is a program for emerging philanthropists and social investors. To tackle complex and systematic social inequalities, participants learn how to embrace systems change, bridge gaps, and collaborate with multi-sector stakeholders including government, private sector and civil society.

GPC staff and member

Catalyzing collective action is at the core of what we do, and we curate dedicated spaces for the GPC network to come together and co-create new initiatives. Collaborative Communities convene members around certain topics to facilitate ongoing learning, connections, and action.  Current Collaborative Communities include climate philanthropy, impact investing, spiritual civilization, sustainable food systems and refugees and migration.

  • Global Community & Peer Learning

  • Family Focus

  • Experiences & Programs

  • Inner Work & Self-Reflection

  • Partnership

  • Synergos Approach

  • Bridging Leadership Program

  • Collaborative Communities