Jewish Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Program

The B'nai Tzedek YOUTH PHILANTHROPY Program of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix engages teens in a meaningful and long-term relationship with tzedakah, volunteerism and our local, Jewish community.
Location: Scottsdale , AZ
Year founded: 2006

Description

The B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix engages teens in a meaningful and long-term relationship with our local, Jewish community.  Step one is connecting with teens as they prepare to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  Step two is helping them establish a life-long charitable endowment fund at the Jewish Community Foundation. Teens do this typically using gifts that they receive upon becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  To make this philanthropic experience accessible to all, funds start with a gift of $500.  If that amount is too much for the family, we have funds designated to help teens start funds once they make a gift that is meaningful to their family.  Step three involves engaging teens in programming aimed at helping them become strategic philanthropists, social activists and community leaders.  Programming includes educational seminars, hands-on mitzvah experiences and interaction with more experienced philanthropists.  Programs are led by youth leaders from the high-school aged Youth Philanthropy Board.  

This Spring, it is our intent to collaborate with the Council for Jews with Special Needs, the Bureau of Jewish Education and BBYO to create a very special service opportunity for typical teens and special Jewish experience for those in our community with cognitive, physical or mental disabilities or disorders.  We intend to bring together these organizations to create a Jewish holiday 'carnival' serving the those who might qualify as clients of the Council for Jews with Special Needs and as a teen volunteer opportunity for JSERVE 2016. We are seeking grant funding to help this program grow from ordinary to extraordinary.  We are seeking grant funding to help us reach participants who are previously unaffiliated or unaware of the work of the Council for Jews with Special Needs, the Bureau of Jewish Education, BBYO and the B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program.   We are seeking grant funding so we truly can help the our teens host a truly spectacular event filled with meaningful Jewish content.  We are seeking grant funding so we can host a matzo factory, press olives to make olive oil for menorahs, make shabbat candles, create decorations for a real sukkah, and host a Tu B'Shevat seder. We are seeking grant funding so typical teens can attend training to help prepare them to effectively work with carnival participants.  We are seeking grant funding so we can market the experience and reach a much larger segment of our local, Jewish community.  

Reaching Our Jewish Teens: Comprehensive Marketing of our Youth Philanthropy Program

About

The B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix has made a tremendous impact on our community, the teens we have served and their families. B'nai Tzedek seeks to engage teens, around the time of Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and help them begin a lifelong relationship with Jewish philanthropy. Through education, training, and hands on experiences, B'nai Tzedek gives teens the tools to truly become the next generation of engaged, educated and strategic philanthropists. Whether teens engage in group grant making as members of our Youth Philanthropy Board, participate in service programs (JSERVE & Tikkun Olam Tour), or take advantage of educational programming (financial literacy seminars, exposure to non-profit executives, and speakers), B'nai Tzedek offers teens a chance to engage on a high level.
Teens begin their own life-long, charitable endowment fund, with a minimum contribution of $500. (If and when that $500 is too much for the family to contribute, the Foundation confidentially adds money to bring that teens' fund to the $500 threshold. Each year, they are able to grant 5% of their fund balance to the 501(c)3 of their choice. These funds are intended to grow with the teens as they go through life. Currently, there are over 10 teens in our community who have grown their funds to over $10,000 and they are now donor advised funds. Truly, we are developing engaged, educated and strategic philanthropists.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

Reaching Our Jewish Teens: Comprehensive Marketing of our Youth Philanthropy Program is an effort to finally dedicate financial resources to marketing this Youth Philanthropy program. The growth and success of our program has been due to creative marketing on an incredibly limited budget. The challenges of explaining and marketing this complex program are many; Most people don't know what B'nai Tzedek means - let alone how to pronounce it. Most people don't understand the concept of endowment, let alone a charitable endowment fund. Many people don't know what the Jewish Community Foundation is and that this agency is not the Jewish Federation. Many people don't feel it necessary or important to engage philanthropically. And despite our best efforts, when certificates are presented on the bimah on many valley congregations to Bar and Bat Mitzvah teens, well intentioned board members often times tell teens that their congregation has started a fund for that teen instead of telling them that they are making a contribution to help start that fund. This program, both the individual funds and the youth philanthropy board, are complex and that makes clearly and concisely explaining and selling it to the community a real challenge.

Above all, our biggest challenge is that we have never had the financial resources necessary to truly market this program in a meaningful way to our Phoenix Jewish community. Over the years we have had teens work to help create videos that we have edited in-house. Those not only look homemade, but lack the sophistication we desire to truly represent our work. Our current marketing consists of presentations at synagogues, meetings with families, sending letters to teens pre and post mitzvah, press releases, constant contact email and mailing invitations to events. Adding to our challenge, the program is staffed by a half-time professional.

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Program Description

Reaching our Jewish Teens; Comprehensive Marketing of our Youth Philanthropy Program will allow the Jewish Community Foundation to more effectively communicate with and engage hundreds of valley families with the B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program. By working with a marketing professional and being able to send and deliver materials to the community, the program will finally be able to reach families during this critical time. Most synagogues report tremendous attrition after the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience. Working with our 9 partner congregations, we aim to keep teens engaged with a lifelong connection to Jewish philanthropy and service.

*We hope to create teen, parent and grandparent appropriate videos that succinctly and effectively communicate the nature and benefit of our program.

*We hope to create print advertising that is teen, parent and grandparent appropriate. Currently we do not have the budget to run more than one print ad a year.

*We hope to create and maintain an online presence with content appropriate for teens and their parents.

*We hope to add to our presence on the bimah at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs by presenting tzedakah boxes as gifts from the Jewish Community Foundation's B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program as a way to not only congratulate, but to remind teens of their obligation to give tzedakah as Jewish adults.

We believe that by better reaching teens at the critical time when most stop attending religious school and stop participating in the organized Jewish community, we will be able to keep teens connected in a meaningful way. Additionally, non-profit organizations will benefit from the exposure to these teens during programming and from grants that they will make during their lifetimes.


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Demonstrated Need

The lack of engagement in Jewish philanthropy in the local Phoenix community is startling. Whether it is in affiliation rates, financial campaigns, or participation numbers, there is a tremendous lack of engagement in the Jewish community. The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix created this Youth Philanthropy Program as a way to engage Jewish teens, and their families, in giving 'through a Jewish lens'. For many of the 300 plus families who have engaged with our efforts, the success has been tremendous on many levels; Over $140,000 has been granted by B'nai Tzedek teens to causes THEY care about, over 570 individual grants have been made with an average grant being $50, experiences with B'nai Tzedek have been the source of many college entrance essays, parents are now engaged in Jewish philanthropy, and alumni are now young adults are using their company matching gifts programs to build their individual giving capacity. But with our successes, we are very much aware that we are not reaching and engaging the vast majority of Phoenix area Jewish teens.

Local synagogues have Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes of between 3 and 50 teens annually. With our strong relationships with 9 valley congregations and the largest day school, the possibility for youth engagement at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah level is over 300 annually. The complex nature of our program coupled with the lack of communal engagement in Jewish philanthropy makes our outreach work incredibly challenging. We need to develop a sophisticated marketing plan with significant funds for implementation if we truly want to reach our target market. To quote one of my favs from 1988, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince "Parents just don't understand". This is where we desperately need your help.

When the program first launched in 2005, funds began with a $180 minimum contribution from a teen to be combined with a $320 "match" from the Foundation. At that $180 level, the Foundation averaged engaging 50 new teen philanthropists. In 2008, those 'matching' dollars became much less available and funds were then started with a minimum of $500. At the $500 threshold, the annual average for engagement dropped to 30 teens.

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Program Accomplishments

We are proud to share:

2007 Belle Latchman Community Service Award, "Best project enhancing the quality of Jewish life"

2009, Hineni Award, American Jewish Committee, "For your caring and growth as Jewish Philanthropists"

The B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program has been identified by the Jewish Teen Funders Network as a model of program excellence. Director, Andrea Cohen, was selected to sit on the National Advisory Board.

In 2015, created a second Youth Philanthropy Board group in response to demand for participation.

Over 315 teens have chosen to establish B'nai Tzedek YOUTH PHILANTHROPY Funds. To date over $34,600 has been granted from these individual funds to over 200 non-profit organizations world wide. The average grant amount is $50.

The Youth Philanthropy Board has granted over $105,000 to local non-profit organizations. Teens have learned how to become strategic grant makers with exposure and participation in every step of the process. The maximum grant amount has been $3,000.

Two teens sit on the Jewish Community Foundation Grants Committee.

Two teens serve two-year terms on the Jewish Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Over $366,000 under management in our Youth Philanthropy Funds.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

We will measure success in the increased number of teens who attend programs and choose to establish a B'nai Tzedek Fund. We also measure success in the thoughtful grant making of our teens - whether they make a grant, choose to let their fund grow, or choose not to engage in this annual decision making process. We measure our success anecdotally with teens sharing information about how B'nai Tzedek has shaped them, given them direction in life and helped them grow as a Jewish leader. Our alumni are doing wonderful work in the non-profit sector, in Israel advocacy, as Jewish professionals, and in business. We have alumni working to grow their funds so they will become donor advised funds as these young adults recognize the importance of philanthropy.

The original B'nai Tzedek Program, in Western Massachusetts, was sunsetted a few years ago because the model they were using wasn't sustainable nor was it meeting the goal of longterm engagment with Jewish philanthropy. We are truly one of the most successful programs in the country as we provide two models for engagement; the individual fund model (B'nai Tzedek Funds) and the youth foundation model (Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix).

We do really great work, we just need your help to get the word out about it!

Back to Top

Reaching Our Jewish Teens: Comprehensive Marketing of our Youth Philanthropy Program

About

The B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix has made a tremendous impact on our community, the teens we have served and their families. B'nai Tzedek seeks to engage teens, around the time of Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and help them begin a lifelong relationship with Jewish philanthropy. Through education, training, and hands on experiences, B'nai Tzedek gives teens the tools to truly become the next generation of engaged, educated and strategic philanthropists. Whether teens engage in group grant making as members of our Youth Philanthropy Board, participate in service programs (JSERVE & Tikkun Olam Tour), or take advantage of educational programming (financial literacy seminars, exposure to non-profit executives, and speakers), B'nai Tzedek offers teens a chance to engage on a high level.
Teens begin their own life-long, charitable endowment fund, with a minimum contribution of $500. (If and when that $500 is too much for the family to contribute, the Foundation confidentially adds money to bring that teens' fund to the $500 threshold. Each year, they are able to grant 5% of their fund balance to the 501(c)3 of their choice. These funds are intended to grow with the teens as they go through life. Currently, there are over 10 teens in our community who have grown their funds to over $10,000 and they are now donor advised funds. Truly, we are developing engaged, educated and strategic philanthropists.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

Reaching Our Jewish Teens: Comprehensive Marketing of our Youth Philanthropy Program is an effort to finally dedicate financial resources to marketing this Youth Philanthropy program. The growth and success of our program has been due to creative marketing on an incredibly limited budget. The challenges of explaining and marketing this complex program are many; Most people don't know what B'nai Tzedek means - let alone how to pronounce it. Most people don't understand the concept of endowment, let alone a charitable endowment fund. Many people don't know what the Jewish Community Foundation is and that this agency is not the Jewish Federation. Many people don't feel it necessary or important to engage philanthropically. And despite our best efforts, when certificates are presented on the bimah on many valley congregations to Bar and Bat Mitzvah teens, well intentioned board members often times tell teens that their congregation has started a fund for that teen instead of telling them that they are making a contribution to help start that fund. This program, both the individual funds and the youth philanthropy board, are complex and that makes clearly and concisely explaining and selling it to the community a real challenge.

Above all, our biggest challenge is that we have never had the financial resources necessary to truly market this program in a meaningful way to our Phoenix Jewish community. Over the years we have had teens work to help create videos that we have edited in-house. Those not only look homemade, but lack the sophistication we desire to truly represent our work. Our current marketing consists of presentations at synagogues, meetings with families, sending letters to teens pre and post mitzvah, press releases, constant contact email and mailing invitations to events. Adding to our challenge, the program is staffed by a half-time professional.

Back to Top

Program Description

Reaching our Jewish Teens; Comprehensive Marketing of our Youth Philanthropy Program will allow the Jewish Community Foundation to more effectively communicate with and engage hundreds of valley families with the B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program. By working with a marketing professional and being able to send and deliver materials to the community, the program will finally be able to reach families during this critical time. Most synagogues report tremendous attrition after the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience. Working with our 9 partner congregations, we aim to keep teens engaged with a lifelong connection to Jewish philanthropy and service.

*We hope to create teen, parent and grandparent appropriate videos that succinctly and effectively communicate the nature and benefit of our program.

*We hope to create print advertising that is teen, parent and grandparent appropriate. Currently we do not have the budget to run more than one print ad a year.

*We hope to create and maintain an online presence with content appropriate for teens and their parents.

*We hope to add to our presence on the bimah at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs by presenting tzedakah boxes as gifts from the Jewish Community Foundation's B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program as a way to not only congratulate, but to remind teens of their obligation to give tzedakah as Jewish adults.

We believe that by better reaching teens at the critical time when most stop attending religious school and stop participating in the organized Jewish community, we will be able to keep teens connected in a meaningful way. Additionally, non-profit organizations will benefit from the exposure to these teens during programming and from grants that they will make during their lifetimes.


Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

The lack of engagement in Jewish philanthropy in the local Phoenix community is startling. Whether it is in affiliation rates, financial campaigns, or participation numbers, there is a tremendous lack of engagement in the Jewish community. The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix created this Youth Philanthropy Program as a way to engage Jewish teens, and their families, in giving 'through a Jewish lens'. For many of the 300 plus families who have engaged with our efforts, the success has been tremendous on many levels; Over $140,000 has been granted by B'nai Tzedek teens to causes THEY care about, over 570 individual grants have been made with an average grant being $50, experiences with B'nai Tzedek have been the source of many college entrance essays, parents are now engaged in Jewish philanthropy, and alumni are now young adults are using their company matching gifts programs to build their individual giving capacity. But with our successes, we are very much aware that we are not reaching and engaging the vast majority of Phoenix area Jewish teens.

Local synagogues have Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes of between 3 and 50 teens annually. With our strong relationships with 9 valley congregations and the largest day school, the possibility for youth engagement at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah level is over 300 annually. The complex nature of our program coupled with the lack of communal engagement in Jewish philanthropy makes our outreach work incredibly challenging. We need to develop a sophisticated marketing plan with significant funds for implementation if we truly want to reach our target market. To quote one of my favs from 1988, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince "Parents just don't understand". This is where we desperately need your help.

When the program first launched in 2005, funds began with a $180 minimum contribution from a teen to be combined with a $320 "match" from the Foundation. At that $180 level, the Foundation averaged engaging 50 new teen philanthropists. In 2008, those 'matching' dollars became much less available and funds were then started with a minimum of $500. At the $500 threshold, the annual average for engagement dropped to 30 teens.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

We are proud to share:

2007 Belle Latchman Community Service Award, "Best project enhancing the quality of Jewish life"

2009, Hineni Award, American Jewish Committee, "For your caring and growth as Jewish Philanthropists"

The B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program has been identified by the Jewish Teen Funders Network as a model of program excellence. Director, Andrea Cohen, was selected to sit on the National Advisory Board.

In 2015, created a second Youth Philanthropy Board group in response to demand for participation.

Over 315 teens have chosen to establish B'nai Tzedek YOUTH PHILANTHROPY Funds. To date over $34,600 has been granted from these individual funds to over 200 non-profit organizations world wide. The average grant amount is $50.

The Youth Philanthropy Board has granted over $105,000 to local non-profit organizations. Teens have learned how to become strategic grant makers with exposure and participation in every step of the process. The maximum grant amount has been $3,000.

Two teens sit on the Jewish Community Foundation Grants Committee.

Two teens serve two-year terms on the Jewish Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Over $366,000 under management in our Youth Philanthropy Funds.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

We will measure success in the increased number of teens who attend programs and choose to establish a B'nai Tzedek Fund. We also measure success in the thoughtful grant making of our teens - whether they make a grant, choose to let their fund grow, or choose not to engage in this annual decision making process. We measure our success anecdotally with teens sharing information about how B'nai Tzedek has shaped them, given them direction in life and helped them grow as a Jewish leader. Our alumni are doing wonderful work in the non-profit sector, in Israel advocacy, as Jewish professionals, and in business. We have alumni working to grow their funds so they will become donor advised funds as these young adults recognize the importance of philanthropy.

The original B'nai Tzedek Program, in Western Massachusetts, was sunsetted a few years ago because the model they were using wasn't sustainable nor was it meeting the goal of longterm engagment with Jewish philanthropy. We are truly one of the most successful programs in the country as we provide two models for engagement; the individual fund model (B'nai Tzedek Funds) and the youth foundation model (Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix).

We do really great work, we just need your help to get the word out about it!

Back to Top

Reaching Our Jewish Teens: Comprehensive Marketing of our Youth Philanthropy Program

About

The B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix has made a tremendous impact on our community, the teens we have served and their families. B'nai Tzedek seeks to engage teens, around the time of Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and help them begin a lifelong relationship with Jewish philanthropy. Through education, training, and hands on experiences, B'nai Tzedek gives teens the tools to truly become the next generation of engaged, educated and strategic philanthropists. Whether teens engage in group grant making as members of our Youth Philanthropy Board, participate in service programs (JSERVE & Tikkun Olam Tour), or take advantage of educational programming (financial literacy seminars, exposure to non-profit executives, and speakers), B'nai Tzedek offers teens a chance to engage on a high level.
Teens begin their own life-long, charitable endowment fund, with a minimum contribution of $500. (If and when that $500 is too much for the family to contribute, the Foundation confidentially adds money to bring that teens' fund to the $500 threshold. Each year, they are able to grant 5% of their fund balance to the 501(c)3 of their choice. These funds are intended to grow with the teens as they go through life. Currently, there are over 10 teens in our community who have grown their funds to over $10,000 and they are now donor advised funds. Truly, we are developing engaged, educated and strategic philanthropists.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

Reaching Our Jewish Teens: Comprehensive Marketing of our Youth Philanthropy Program is an effort to finally dedicate financial resources to marketing this Youth Philanthropy program. The growth and success of our program has been due to creative marketing on an incredibly limited budget. The challenges of explaining and marketing this complex program are many; Most people don't know what B'nai Tzedek means - let alone how to pronounce it. Most people don't understand the concept of endowment, let alone a charitable endowment fund. Many people don't know what the Jewish Community Foundation is and that this agency is not the Jewish Federation. Many people don't feel it necessary or important to engage philanthropically. And despite our best efforts, when certificates are presented on the bimah on many valley congregations to Bar and Bat Mitzvah teens, well intentioned board members often times tell teens that their congregation has started a fund for that teen instead of telling them that they are making a contribution to help start that fund. This program, both the individual funds and the youth philanthropy board, are complex and that makes clearly and concisely explaining and selling it to the community a real challenge.

Above all, our biggest challenge is that we have never had the financial resources necessary to truly market this program in a meaningful way to our Phoenix Jewish community. Over the years we have had teens work to help create videos that we have edited in-house. Those not only look homemade, but lack the sophistication we desire to truly represent our work. Our current marketing consists of presentations at synagogues, meetings with families, sending letters to teens pre and post mitzvah, press releases, constant contact email and mailing invitations to events. Adding to our challenge, the program is staffed by a half-time professional.

Back to Top

Program Description

Reaching our Jewish Teens; Comprehensive Marketing of our Youth Philanthropy Program will allow the Jewish Community Foundation to more effectively communicate with and engage hundreds of valley families with the B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program. By working with a marketing professional and being able to send and deliver materials to the community, the program will finally be able to reach families during this critical time. Most synagogues report tremendous attrition after the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience. Working with our 9 partner congregations, we aim to keep teens engaged with a lifelong connection to Jewish philanthropy and service.

*We hope to create teen, parent and grandparent appropriate videos that succinctly and effectively communicate the nature and benefit of our program.

*We hope to create print advertising that is teen, parent and grandparent appropriate. Currently we do not have the budget to run more than one print ad a year.

*We hope to create and maintain an online presence with content appropriate for teens and their parents.

*We hope to add to our presence on the bimah at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs by presenting tzedakah boxes as gifts from the Jewish Community Foundation's B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program as a way to not only congratulate, but to remind teens of their obligation to give tzedakah as Jewish adults.

We believe that by better reaching teens at the critical time when most stop attending religious school and stop participating in the organized Jewish community, we will be able to keep teens connected in a meaningful way. Additionally, non-profit organizations will benefit from the exposure to these teens during programming and from grants that they will make during their lifetimes.


Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

The lack of engagement in Jewish philanthropy in the local Phoenix community is startling. Whether it is in affiliation rates, financial campaigns, or participation numbers, there is a tremendous lack of engagement in the Jewish community. The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix created this Youth Philanthropy Program as a way to engage Jewish teens, and their families, in giving 'through a Jewish lens'. For many of the 300 plus families who have engaged with our efforts, the success has been tremendous on many levels; Over $140,000 has been granted by B'nai Tzedek teens to causes THEY care about, over 570 individual grants have been made with an average grant being $50, experiences with B'nai Tzedek have been the source of many college entrance essays, parents are now engaged in Jewish philanthropy, and alumni are now young adults are using their company matching gifts programs to build their individual giving capacity. But with our successes, we are very much aware that we are not reaching and engaging the vast majority of Phoenix area Jewish teens.

Local synagogues have Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes of between 3 and 50 teens annually. With our strong relationships with 9 valley congregations and the largest day school, the possibility for youth engagement at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah level is over 300 annually. The complex nature of our program coupled with the lack of communal engagement in Jewish philanthropy makes our outreach work incredibly challenging. We need to develop a sophisticated marketing plan with significant funds for implementation if we truly want to reach our target market. To quote one of my favs from 1988, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince "Parents just don't understand". This is where we desperately need your help.

When the program first launched in 2005, funds began with a $180 minimum contribution from a teen to be combined with a $320 "match" from the Foundation. At that $180 level, the Foundation averaged engaging 50 new teen philanthropists. In 2008, those 'matching' dollars became much less available and funds were then started with a minimum of $500. At the $500 threshold, the annual average for engagement dropped to 30 teens.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

We are proud to share:

2007 Belle Latchman Community Service Award, "Best project enhancing the quality of Jewish life"

2009, Hineni Award, American Jewish Committee, "For your caring and growth as Jewish Philanthropists"

The B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program has been identified by the Jewish Teen Funders Network as a model of program excellence. Director, Andrea Cohen, was selected to sit on the National Advisory Board.

In 2015, created a second Youth Philanthropy Board group in response to demand for participation.

Over 315 teens have chosen to establish B'nai Tzedek YOUTH PHILANTHROPY Funds. To date over $34,600 has been granted from these individual funds to over 200 non-profit organizations world wide. The average grant amount is $50.

The Youth Philanthropy Board has granted over $105,000 to local non-profit organizations. Teens have learned how to become strategic grant makers with exposure and participation in every step of the process. The maximum grant amount has been $3,000.

Two teens sit on the Jewish Community Foundation Grants Committee.

Two teens serve two-year terms on the Jewish Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Over $366,000 under management in our Youth Philanthropy Funds.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

We will measure success in the increased number of teens who attend programs and choose to establish a B'nai Tzedek Fund. We also measure success in the thoughtful grant making of our teens - whether they make a grant, choose to let their fund grow, or choose not to engage in this annual decision making process. We measure our success anecdotally with teens sharing information about how B'nai Tzedek has shaped them, given them direction in life and helped them grow as a Jewish leader. Our alumni are doing wonderful work in the non-profit sector, in Israel advocacy, as Jewish professionals, and in business. We have alumni working to grow their funds so they will become donor advised funds as these young adults recognize the importance of philanthropy.

The original B'nai Tzedek Program, in Western Massachusetts, was sunsetted a few years ago because the model they were using wasn't sustainable nor was it meeting the goal of longterm engagment with Jewish philanthropy. We are truly one of the most successful programs in the country as we provide two models for engagement; the individual fund model (B'nai Tzedek Funds) and the youth foundation model (Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix).

We do really great work, we just need your help to get the word out about it!

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