We are pleased to introduce the 2015 cohort, a diverse group of leaders from across North America who represent a multitude of communities, philanthropic interests, and organizations.
Meet past participants & learn why they wanted to start a giving circle at the beginning of the Incubator:
There are many ways to help repair the world. I spend a lot of my time volunteering with many different organizations. Now, it's time for me and my friends to give in a new way.
I want to start a giving circle because I want to inspire my peers to give collectively and strategically in a Jewish context.
I want to start a giving circle because it is a compelling way for people to express their Jewish identity and Jewish values, bonding with like-minded people in making meaningful philanthropic choices.
I want to start a giving circle because giving circles resonate with our generation, young people are looking for hands on, educational philanthropic experiences.
I want to start a giving circle to give donors a chance to feel really connected to their giving.
I want to start a giving circle because I want to deepen our communal connections and caring through a more intentional approach to giving.
I want to start a giving circle because I want my generation to have the tools to engage in active philanthropy, build an intentional & values-based community, and make a greater impact together than we could ever achieve alone.
I want to start a giving circle because I want to directly affect the Russian Jewish community of Toronto with proven and effective fundraising methods.
I am excited to embrace an entrepreneurial spirit with both funders and idea generators. This is going to have a big impact in Cincinatti!
I believe giving circles will provide a powerful and galvanizing tool for New Israel Fund's New Generations community to engage deeply with one another and with social justice in Israel.
I want to start a giving circle because I want to continue exploring my Jewish values with my peers while giving back to the community and helping others.
I want to start a giving circle because the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.
I want to start a giving circle because it's crucial to contribute to and create the positive change we wish to see in the world today.
I want to bring Jewish young adults together to experience the thrill of philanthropy and work collaboratively to bring about dynamic change to our community to benefit future generations.
I want to start a giving circle because it offers the opportunity for new networks of donors to come together through the act of giving for Jewish causes that mean a great deal in our communities.
I want to start a giving circle because teaching participants about strategic grant making allows them to participate in value based giving and provides an opportunity to meaningfully support an organization in their local community.
I want to build and belong to a community that values philanthropy and that harnesses our collective resources to support causes that are meaningful to us, to our children, and to our communities.
I want to start a giving circle because I think it is a innovative way to make a bigger impact than I can on my own while learning and helping others learn about philanthropic giving.
We are constantly striving for new ways to inspire and engage donors; this hands-on model will appeal to our younger generations while giving our older donors opportunities to share, teach & mentor.
I want to start a giving circle because I know that it will introduce a creative and powerful new approach to philanthropy in the Detroit Jewish community.
I want to start a giving circle because I want to engage more women in philanthropy, educate them about women's issues and organizations, and empower them to advance social change and take on leadership roles in their communities.
I want to start a giving circle because donating through a giving circle will have far greater impact than individual contribution, and will provide a network of inspiration and information.
Giving circles have the power to bring people together- creating powerful conversations about what people care about while giving them the tools to act.
I want to start a giving circle to support young philanthropists in making tzedakah both an ongoing personal practice as well as something that connects them to the Jewish community for a lifetime.
I want to create a new model for engaging young Jews in challenging conversations around Israel and constructive collective action.
As a representative of the ISJL, creating opportunities for giving circle members to socialize and support Southern Jewish life seems like a natural fit in the work I do to engage others in our region.
I want to start a giving circle because as a professional fundraiser I want philanthropy to be about choice and investment.
JCC Manhattan is looking forward to building on our current giving circle program and engaging our audience in new ways.
I want to start a giving circle because it will bring together dynamic, community-minded individuals to explore pressing social needs, become more mindful in our personal practice of giving tzedakah, and create a stronger sense of community.
Our impact -- particularly for grassroots efforts -- can be more meaningful and longer lasting from within a committed community that strategically works together to financially support our values.
The Foundation would like to use giving circles to engage and connect young philanthropists to the Greater MetroWest community.
I want to start a giving circle because giving back is important and I want to further incorporate philanthropy into my life. A benefit of using a giving circle is the way it encourages more conscious giving and the development of strong relationships among participants.
I want to start a giving circle because it is a perfect modality for me to express and share my Jewish values with my non-Jewish friends.
I want to start a giving circle because there is a lot of energy at Moishe Kavod House for giving and social justice. We are striving to be just with our money as well as our actions.
I want to start a giving circle to meet and engage with more Jews, strengthen the local Jewish community, and advance the practice of philanthropy through a chavurah-like group, based upon Jewish cultural and religious values.
I am passionate about strategic philanthropy, the power of local community and ending the Israel-Palestine conflict. Out of these passions, the Olive Branch Giving Circles has emerged.
Learning about and giving tzedakah is a central value of PJ Library and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. We hope to inspire families and professionals to explore their own approach to tzedakah.
I want to start a giving circle because it is a great way to make a difference.