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Giving Initiative for Teens

Jewish Teens. Making a Difference.

The Giving Initiative for Teens (GIFT) is part of a national program to teach teens about grant-making, non-profit management, fundraising, and Jewish values. The program encourages engagement in the community and empowers teens to be part of the grant-making process from start to finish, as they work together to raise and allocate funds to distribute to local non-profits. GIFT runs from roughly September to June, with applications for the upcoming school year opening each spring.

Application & Nomination Forms

Applicants must be in 9th-12th grades in fall 2020 to be eligible. The cost is $180 per participant, and financial assistance is available.

Applications and nominations for the 2020-2021 cohort are now open.
Apply Here >> Nominate a Teen >>

Teens invited to move forward with the process will be contacted by Jessica Ost, Program Manager – Teen Philanthropy, to schedule Zoom interviews this summer.

If you have questions, please email Jessica Ost, Program Manager, Teen Philanthropy, or call 206-388-1987.

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2020-21 Dates

Because of the uncertainty around COVID-19, GIFT meeting dates will be determined in August. Regardless of whether we meet in person or online, the GIFT program will run from September 2020-June 2021.


“GIFT allows us to be passionate about current issues in our society and carefully select organizations that we would like to help. It shows that teens can make a difference.” – Olivia Levitan, 17

“GIFT showed me that Judaism can have a real-world impact beyond the spiritual aspect,” he said. “GIFT helped me figure out how to use Jewish values to make a difference.” – Boaz Malakoff, 17

“It’s hard to get to temple as often as I used to, but my monthly GIFT meetings helped me stay connected to the community and to other Jewish teens.” – Danielle Lavitt, 16

“I’ve learned I can apply Jewish values to different endeavors. Now, whenever I’m making big decisions I can think about my values and make sure my decision is aligned with them.” – Matt Feldman, 16

GIFT 2019-20 Grantee Organizations

  •  Facing Homelessness
  • FareStart
  • Kent Youth and Family Services
  • Leket Israel
  • Recovery Café
  • Ryther
  • Therapeutic Health Services

GIFT 2018-2019 Grantee Organizations

  • Eastside Legal Assistance Program
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Kent Youth and Family Services
  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
  • Mary’s Place
  • Sound Mental Health

Thank you to our generous sponsors

The Foundation Board Incubator is a project of the Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) generously funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund. GIFT is generously funded by JTFN, the Samis Foundation, and the Bianco family.

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