Amplifier’s mission is to grow the movement of intentional, collaborative giving by building and sustaining giving circles inspired by Jewish values.
Giving circles are a powerful model of collective giving: people pool their resources and decide together where to allocate their funds. Being part of a giving circle amplifies the impact that an individual can have through their giving, empowering people to become more proactive, intentional givers who invest in change together.
Amplifier is the first concerted effort to network and create a field of giving circles inspired by Jewish values.
We create backbone infrastructure for the field by helping individuals and institutions to start and sustain giving circles, educating circle leaders and members about philanthropic best practices, linking circles to nonprofit organizations, and building values-driven communities rooted in Jewish wisdom. Amplifier enables thousands of people of all ages and giving levels to participate in an ever-growing number of giving circles around the world.
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.