We are pleased to introduce the talented team of Giving Circle coaches. Each coach has valuable experience in running giving circles, and helps guide participants in their journey. Several 2018 coaches launched successful giving circles as part of a past Incubator and are now sharing their knowledge and experience with our current cohort.
Meet Incubator coaches and learn more about their work:
Amanda is a PhD candidate in Education and Jewish Studies in NYU Steinhardt's Applied Statistics, Social Science and the Humanities Department. She is passionate about quantifying and supporting students (especially teenagers), who may feel isolated and turn online to find community, and/or spiritual fulfillment. Amanda lives in Manhattan, and her favorite thing to bake is raspberry brie challah, an homage to her continued relationship with international empowerment and food sovereignty organization, Challah for Hunger (CfH). CfH was Amanda's first experience with Giving Circles, as she has coordinated CfH's virtual alumni circle for the past five years.
Emily is the Director of Membership and Programs at JFN Israel. She has extensive experience working in the philanthropic field in Israel and North America, as well as social entrepreneurship and strategic consulting experience. In her last role, Emily served as Executive Director of the David Foundation. Prior to that she worked as a senior consultant at BenOr Communications, a consulting firm for NPOs in Israel. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she began work at the Gerald Schwartz & Heather Riesman Foundation focusing on project management and grant evaluation. In 2012, Emily co-founded Keren Baktana — a network of giving circles working to change the culture of giving in Israel. Emily holds an M.A. in Non-Profit Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a proud Tel-Avivit, a wife, and an Ima to three kids.
Emily is the initiatives manager for Rose Community Foundation. In this role, she manages two Jewish collaborative giving programs: Roots & Branches Foundation and Rose Youth Foundation. Prior to working at the Foundation, Emily was the community engagement coordinator at The Murie Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and program manager of the Small Business Development Center at Sierra Business Council in Truckee, California. Emily is propelled to leverage these experiences within the Greater Denver community through grantmaking, strategic philanthropy and youth leadership. Beyond her career, Emily finds inspiration around the globe; both in the natural world and through cultural diversity. Emily is a graduate of the University of Denver with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and minors in Sustainability and Spanish.
Felicia has been the executive director of The Natan Fund, a giving circle of philanthropists supporting Jewish and Israeli social innovation, since 2005. She is a frequent commentator on topics such as funding innovation, new trends in Jewish life, and the power of the giving circle model for engaging people in Jewish philanthropy. Felicia is Amplifier's Founder and Advisory Board Chair, and she also serves on the boards of the American Jewish Historical Society and Sefaria.
Joelle is committed to building strong, healthy and resilient communities. She recently served as the executive director of Amplifier, supporting more than 125 giving circles inspired by Jewish values across the globe. She's on Repair the World NYC’s Advisory Board, and co-leads the Homebase Giving Circle, a small group of women who pool resources to support NYC-based social justice efforts. She is part of the ROI Community, a global network of social entrepreneurs, and is a Schusterman Fellow. Joelle lives in Brooklyn, where she also manages a community-supported agriculture project that provides access to local, organic food for 140 families, regardless of income.
Julie is an Organization & Leadership Consultant who has worked with organizations big, like IBM, and small, like start-up non profits. Her entry to Jewish giving circles world was with HEKDESH, a giving circle of alumni of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She got hooked, and is now also a member of Natan and the Jewish Women's Foundation of NY, in addition to helping coordinate the Tzedakah Roundtable at Schechter Manhattan. Julie is also the Board President at Schechter Manhattan and a mikveh guide with ImmerseNYC. Julie is excited to help others start Jewish giving circles.
A social worker by training, Lindsay is passionate about helping individuals tell their story and exploring how to use that narrative, for good. She loves the power of the giving circle model as a way for people to feel anchored to their values and to find meaningful avenues to give back. Her dream is for everyone--no matter what their bank account holds--to feel like a philanthropist! She has facilitated small and large group, in-person, virtual and pop-up giving circles. She is particularly passionate about using the giving circle model within day schools. Lindsay is Director of Communication and Partnership at Civic Spirit, a non-profit that supports schools in building modern civic education programs.
Maya is the Director of Committed to Give, an impact group of Israeli funders working together to increase the number of funders in Israel. Maya has vast professional experience in NGOs in the Jewish world. As director of organizational development at Beit Hatfutsot, Maya led the marketing and re-branding as the Museum of the Jewish People. For the Maccabi World Union, as Director of North American Desk, Maya managed and developed Jewish identity related educational programs. Maya serves on the board of directors of various NGOs, including Amplifier's partner organization, Keren Baktana.
Nancy is the Chief Development Officer of JEVS Human Services. She is responsible for planning and implementing initiatives to increase both revenue and recognition for the agency. JEVS Human Services enhances the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs. Consistent with its core principles and entrepreneurial spirit, JEVS creates innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs. Nancy is co-founder of the Acharai Fund, a multi-generational giving circle, developed to bring together families to support programs in Israel.
Rebecca Kaufman is a first year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College living in Jerusalem for the year. Previously, she was Amplifier's Program Director and is thrilled to be working with the Incubator cohort again this year. For five years she was an advisor for the Jewish Community Youth Foundation teen giving circle program. She also worked for the nonprofit Echoing Green training faculty and staff at universities on a purpose and leadership development curriculum. She is a founding member of a women's giving circle in New York.
Ross is the founder and CEO of Tribe 12, a Philadelphia focused organization that engages 20s and 30s in Jewish life and community today so they will choose to stay involved tomorrow. Inspired by an ongoing love of being both teacher and student, multiple long-term Israel experiences, and more recently being equal parts active participant and observer of his two children forming their own experiences and ideas; Ross focuses his energy as a social entrepreneur and educator in the Philadelphia Jewish community and beyond.
Sarah works as a philanthropic advisor and development consultant helping individuals, families and organizations make thoughtful & strategic philanthropic decisions. Prior to this, she worked at UJA-Federation of NY for over 7 years, where she managed two high-level Venture Philanthropy Funds—the organization's prestigious giving circles. Sarah is excited to be a giving circle coach as she sees giving circles as an important way to teach collaborative giving and responsible philanthropy.
Saul is the development manager for the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Portland Jewish Academy, where he builds relationships and enables philanthropic dreams. He is active in Havurah Shalom where he makes Purim happen, and occasionally DJs Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs on the side. Saul graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and has an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He lives in Portland, OR with his wife and three kids.
Sonia Marie is the Collaborative Giving Program Coordinator at the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, directing the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation and philanthropic programs for young professionals. A licensed teacher, she works throughout the Pacific Northwest to educate and empower communities looking to respond to human tragedies. She and her husband also own Leikam Brewing, a small Kosher craft brewery. In that capacity, she volunteers with the local chapter of the Pink Boots Society, an organization seeking to empower women in the beer industry. A wife and mother first, she lives with her husband, three boys, three cats and three chickens in SE Portland.
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!
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