CircleBuilder, A Social Net For Religious Groups, Raises $800K In Funding

Faith-oriented social net CircleBuilder has secured $800K in funding, VentureBeat reports (via MetroMode). The financing was provided by Great Lakes Angels and other unnamed investors.

The site, which offers itself as a tool for faith-based organizations to increase their membership, improve fundraising and organize events, is currently being run out of the home of CircleBuilder’s CEO and co-founder Howard Brown, who moved from Silicon Valley to Franklin, Michigan. Brown previously founded another religion-focused site called PlanItJewish.com. CircleBuilder was started 18 months ago with about 30 churches and 100 users for beta-testing. Brown plans to roll the site out to more churches, synagogues and community centers this September, with hopes that CircleBuilder will enter its “revenue phase” early next year.