Jewish Teen Funders Network

The Jewish Teen Funders Network is a central resource for the field of Jewish teen philanthropy (133 programs and growing!).

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About Jewish Teen Funders Network

JTFN’s teen philanthropy programs follow two models: teen foundations and individual giving programs. With 133 programs operating throughout North America, over 2000 teen philanthropists award between $1 and $2 million each year.

Teen foundations bring together a group of about 20 young people, aged 13-18, to contribute funds to a collective pool that is often matched by a local donor. In some foundations, teens also engage in fundraising efforts to add more to the pool. Teens work together through a series of educational activities to create a mission statement for their foundation, clarify their funding interests, learn about relevant organizations, solicit and review grant proposals, go on site visits, and work through consensus to make decisions about which organizations to support. Teen foundations run out of many types of Jewish institutions, including Jewish Community Centers, day schools, religious schools, synagogues, social service agencies, Jewish Federations, camps, and community foundations.

In individual giving programs, young people establish individual “giving accounts” at the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Structured like a savings account or a small endowment, teens are encouraged to use the funds to support organizations they care about. B’nai Tzedek, the most popular individual giving program, was created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in Western Massachusetts in 1997, and then replicated in Jewish federations and community foundations throughout the United States.

See www.jtfn.org for more.

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