Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement is a new global initiative to strengthen and significantly expand the field of giving circles inspired by Jewish values.

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.

The Backbone of The Industry

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.

See the impact we have made to date, and join us in this global movement by starting or adding an existing circle or registering a grant-seeking organization.

The Amplifier Team

Zoë Barth-Werb is Amplifier's community manager, building Amplifier's community of giving circles and organizations both online and off. Most recently, Zoë worked with the World Bank Innovation Labs, where she supported design, communications and implementation for an eLearning course for social entrepreneurs and served as community manager for an online alumni community. Previously, Zoë was a 2012-2013 Avodah corps member. At her placement, an HIV/AIDS non-profit, she facilitated a sex education curriculum in Washington, DC Public Schools. Zoë earned a B.A. in History and Women's Studies from Tufts University.

Joelle Asaro Berman is the Executive 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.

Amplifier's Funders

Are you ready to take your giving circle from idea to reality?

Our Jewish Giving Circle Incubator will help you bring your giving circle to life. Whether you're 23 or 73, interested in social justice or Jewish innovation, and ready to give $50 or $10,000, we want you to join the Incubator. Apply today!

Applications are open until July 31st.

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