Doing good comes in many forms.

In the past few years, people have been reflecting about how they want to get involved and be a part of solutions supporting communities. Now, more than ever, it seems everyone is asking ‘how can I do more to help’?

Giving DuPage is proud to invite you to join us for this 6-session learning experience to learn, reflect, discuss, plan and act on affecting change in your community. The Civic Circle Discussion Series program will critically explore nine ways a person can channel their efforts to lead a civic life with purpose and intention.

The Civic Circle helps individuals connect to opportunities and understand that doing good comes in many forms. It is a framework that represents your power to lend support, take action and lead a more engaged civic life.

Who is this course intended for?

If you want to drive change in your community and build a plan to create meaningful impact, then this program is right for you! This series is ideal for individuals working in:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Community Engaged Learning or Service Learning
  • Community or faith groups
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • AmeriCorps or Service Corps

What will I be doing?

Participants will join this discussion series for 6 virtual sessions, to explore the nine topics of the Civic Circle using a discussion guide provided by Points of Light.

Participants will read Civic Life Today magazines which correspond to each topic in the Civic Circle. The discussion series will be facilitated by Giving DuPage Executive Director, Shefali Trivedi, and will involve pre-work of reading of Civic Life Today magazine.

This cohort will meet virtually on Tuesdays for this cycle:

  • May 17 – 1:30 to 3:30 pm (1st session is 2 hours)
  • May 24 – 2:00 to 3:30 pm
  • May 31 – 2:00 to 3:30 pm
  • June 7 – 2:00 to 3:30 pm
  • June 14 – 2:00 to 3:30 pm
  • June 21 – 2:00 to 3:30 pm

At the end of our series, each participant will complete a personal action plan and receive tools & resources for a more engaged better civic life.

Registration is required (limit of 15 participants). The participation fee has an introductory rate of $150 and registration closes on May 13.

Before registering for this series, please review the following expectations:

  • Attendance is expected for all dates/sessions – all sessions will start and end on time.
  • Participants are expected to complete independent assignments, personal action plan and final participant survey.
  • Pre-work for each session will take approximately 2 hours – including reading two issues of the Civic Life Today magazine, reviewing resources and preparing questions/thoughts before each session.
  • Each session will explore 2 key areas of the Civic Circle, with 45 minutes on each topic.
  • To best explore the aspects of civic life more deeply, our intention is to host meaningful discussions in a courageous, respectful and open-minded environment.
  • This series is a pilot program. With full agreement from participants – there may be adjustments to the schedule, and 1-2 sessions will be recorded, strictly for training purposes. Thank you for your grace, understanding and patience as we learn the best format and way to share this resource with our community.



The Civic Circle framework was developed by Points of Light, a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of
people to take action that changes the world. Funding for this series was made possible by Points of Light and Giving DuPage is a proud affiliate member of the Points of Light organization.