It is the first concerted effort to network Jewish giving circles, catalyze the creation of new giving circles, educate circle members on best practices in philanthropy, and create a platform to connect NGOs and Jewish giving circles to each other efficiently and effectively. Being part of a giving circle amplifies the impact that an individual can have through their giving, and being linked together with other giving circles amplifies the impact that a circle can have on the issues and causes that mean the most to them.
Amplifier is powered by Natan and is funded in its pilot stage by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Over 40 partner organizations across the Jewish philanthropic and nonprofit sectors worked for several months to co-design Amplifier’s web platform, resource library and training initiatives. The resulting work will change the way that people interact with Jewish giving, providing the resources needed to create grassroots, values-driving communities of hands-on, proactive, intentional givers.
By creating backbone infrastructure for this field - and even by unifying existing, disparate activities into a “field” - Amplifier empowers thousands of people of all ages and giving levels to participate in hundreds of giving circles, supporting hundreds of NGOs, educating members about the nonprofit sector, and building communities rooted in Jewish values and wisdom.
The Natan Fund is a giving circle that inspires young philanthropists to engage actively in Jewish giving by funding innovative programs that shape the Jewish future. Natan believes that educated, engaged, and entrepreneurial philanthropy can transform both givers and nonprofit organizations.
Through unique educational events and experiences, and through a rigorous, hands-on, collective grantmaking process, Natan is creating an influential community of philanthropists dedicated to strengthening the Jewish world.
Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement is supported in its pilot phase by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Schusterman is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change in their communities and strengthen the Jewish future. Amplifier is part of the foundation's broader efforts to build identity, community and global connectedness amongst young Jews and ensure a vibrant future for Jewish philanthropy.
Felicia Herman has been the executive director of The Natan Fund, a giving circle of young philanthropists supporting Jewish and Israeli social innovation, since 2005. She is a frequent commentator on topics such as funding innovation, new trends in Jewish life, and the power of the giving circle model for engaging people in Jewish philanthropy. Felicia serves on the boards of Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas, The Sefaria Project, and on the advisory boards for several of Natan's partners and grantee organizations. Previously, Felicia was Research and Program Officer at the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. She is a recipient of the Jewish Funders Network's JJ Greenberg Memorial Award, and she holds a Ph.D. in Jewish History from Brandeis University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children.
Aviva Stampfer has been with Natan since September 2013, working specifically on Amplifier as the Community Manager since February 2015. She helped coordinate the co-design process and project implementation, including the website build and program creation, and now manages Amplifier's network of giving circles. Aviva believes in the power of collaborative grantmaking, and thinks that everyone can be a philanthropist. She graduated from Barnard College in 2012 with a degree in Urban Studies and Sociology. Aviva lives in Brooklyn and enjoys learning new things, exploring nature, and live music.
Joelle Asaro Berman is the program director for Amplifier. She oversees its growth, strategy, and partnerships, and is deeply inspired by the communities that form through collective giving. Joelle previously led communications, marketing, and strategy efforts at NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, and managed branding, website development, and communications projects at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. She is a member of the ROI Community, a global network of social entrepreneurs, and is also a trained facilitator. Joelle lives in Brooklyn, where she also manages a community-supported agriculture project that connects 140 families with a local organic farmer, and strives to provide access to healthy, local food regardless of income.
Rebecca Kaufman joined Amplifier in May 2016. As Amplifier's program manager, she designs and runs programs to inspire and prepare people to engage in meaningful, collective giving. Prior to Amplifier, Rebecca worked at Echoing Green, where she helped found and later manage the Work on Purpose initiative, training 800 faculty and staff from universities and nonprofits around the country on Echoing Green’s purpose and career development curriculum. For five years, Rebecca was an advisor for the Jewish Community Youth Foundation, a high school teen philanthropy program. Rebecca serves on the board for the Center for Jewish Life Hillel at Princeton University and volunteers her time to run 20s & 30s programming for Town & Village Synagogue. Rebecca earned a B.A. in history from Princeton University.
as well our 40+ co-design partner organizations: