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"Stepping Up" Long Island Jewish Teen Foundations

"Stepping Up" Long Island Jewish Teen Foundations

Long Island, NY

About Us

The "Stepping Up" Long Island Jewish Teen Philanthropy Program, began through a partnership between the Jewish Teen Funders Network and Long Islandsynagogues, schools, and JCC's. Teens learn about local needs and participate in a group giving process.

The “Stepping Up” Long Island Jewish Teen Philanthropy Program,
began in 2012, through a partnership between the Jewish Teen Funders Network and Long Island
synagogues, schools, and Jewish Community Centers. The giving circles associated started through this program have reached at least 50 teens annually in at least 4 institutions, since 2012. Participating teens learn about pressing needs in their
communities and how they, as philanthropists-in-training, can make a
difference. They learn by giving, as they work together on a collective
grantmaking process. 

Each of the teen foundations has a minimum of $1,000 to award as grants. The teens work as foundation boards to create a mission statement to guide their work, and each teen foundation
determines 1-2 issue areas, out of the areas of most pressing need on Long Island (education, health, housing, hunger, or jobs) to address through their grantmaking. They review
grant proposals that fall within their mission and may choose to conduct site
visits for further due diligence. They then decide which organization(s) they
want to support, and award grants each Spring.

Our Focuses

  • Other
  • Changes Annually
  • Basic Needs
  • Education, Outreach & Community Building

Contact "Stepping Up" Long Island Jewish Teen Foundations

Please note: Joining a circle is not an immediate process. You are sending a message to the Circle Leader to start a conversation and see if you and the circle align with each other. If everyone feels comfortable, then the Circle Leader will send you an invite to join the circle.