This report written by Tracey Rutnik and Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz at the Maryland Philanthropy Network in 2003 highlights how today's donors want an engaging philanthropic experience - and how despite the tight economy, donors are opening their checkbooks and their schedules to participate in giving circles.

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As a child, whether she knew it or not, Becki Kurdle was making mental notes that would help lead her to her love of giving and helping others. Her parents’ volunteerism left an indelible impression on her.