Affinity groups are a great way to join others to champion a common cause to overcome seemingly impossible challenges. Recently, interest groups working to seek solutions to meet the demands of society have grown in number and fervor.
What Is an Affinity Group?
An affinity group is a group of people who decide to come together (formally or informally) around a shared goal, interest, or attribute. Outside the workplace, affinity groups are regularly associated with philanthropy and provide a way to give back to communities by supporting charities and community projects. In all, they are a means to stay engaged with purpose.
Affinity groups allow members to donate to a pooled fund where members collectively choose which specific causes, organizations, or projects to support financially. That means affinity group members not only associate and connect with others around a common cause, but they also give toward a common cause. Members regularly donate their time and services, as well.
If you have an interest or support a cause, there is likely an affinity group for that. For instance, The Denver Foundation has three affinity groups anyone can join: Arts Affinity Group, Environmental Affinity Group, Reparations Affinity Group.