Youth Grantmaking Program
The JCF Youth Grantmaking Program
In 2007, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix’s B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program was selected as one of only 10 programs nationwide to participate in the Pilot Incentive Grants Program of the Jewish Teen Funders Network, a youth philanthropy project of the Jewish Funders Network. Recognizing the potential of Jewish youth philanthropy programs to empower and educate teens about effective philanthropy and Jewish values, JTFN awarded grants to Jewish communities committed to creating high quality Jewish youth philanthropy programs.
The JTFN grant, along with a generous donation from a local philanthropist, resulted in the formation of the Youth Philanthropy Board and Youth Grantmaking Program at the Jewish Community Foundation. The Youth Philanthropy Board and Youth Grantmaking Program provide dedicated teens the opportunity to make yearly grant recommendations that address local community and global needs.
2016 – 2017 Mission Statements and Funding Priorities
Each year, the Youth Philanthropy Board members develop a unique mission statement, funding priorities, and grantmaking recommendations for their group, based on the causes they care about and the identified community needs.
The Youth Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix is committed to helping people, especially those most at-risk, in greater Phoenix and Israel by supporting organizations that work to break the cycle of poverty, with an emphasis on addressing the root causes of poverty.
The values we used to inform our giving: *Anyone who does not teach their child a skill or profession may be regarded as teaching their child to rob. Talmud, Kiddushin 29a *The Torah commands us to give charity to the poor among the people of Israel each according to his or her needs. But you cannot ignore the poor (non-Jew) in your midst. Joseph Caro, “Yoreh De’ah” *According to Maimonides 8 Degrees of Tzedakah, the highest level of tzedakah is helping someone to help themselves.
Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2016- 2017 grant cycle. For more information about applying for future Youth Philanthropy Board Grants, contact JCF Director of Youth Philanthropy, Andrea Cohen.
2016-2017 Youth Philanthropy Grants
Ethiopian National Project: Scholastic Assistance Program – $1,166
The Scholastic Assistance Program provides support for middle and high school students in after-school programs for Ethiopian Jewish immigrant children in the low-income community of Be’er Sheva.
Meir Panim: TikvaHope Ben Gurion Neighborhood Youth Club – $1,000
This program will create an after school enrichment program within a converted bomb shelter serving children from socioeconomically disadvantaged homes in Sderot.
Circle the City: General Operating Support – $3,000
This non-denominational organization provides healthcare, shelter and counseling service to homeless individuals in Phoenix. Their goal is to move people from crisis to stability.
Family Promise: General Operating Support – $2,826
Family Promise provides safe shelter, food, case management, counseling, education, life-skills training, employment support, housing assistance, and on-going enrichment programs with the goal of helping each family become self-sustaining. The organization provides temporary housing for families in local synagogues and churches.
Maggie’s Place: Workforce Readiness & Empowerment Program – $1,000
This program serves pregnant and parenting mothers by helping them attain educational and professional goals which culminate in family financial stability.
TOTAL GRANT FUNDING of the 2016-2017 JCF Youth Philanthropy Board: $8,992
To Apply for a Youth Philanthropy Grant
Contact JCF Director of Youth Philanthropy, Andrea Cohen.