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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.


Testimonials

“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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