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Federation NowGen Giving Circle makes inaugural allocations totaling $32,500

By February 1, 2016July 21st, 2017Federation Notes

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen Giving Circle made its inaugural funding grants in 2015. The circle allocated $32,500 to programs within the Valley of the Sun, throughout the nation and in Israel.

“Our circle members gave to local, national and international organizations that are working on incredibly effective and scalable initiatives that benefit communities around the world,” said Jonny Basha who co-founded the NowGen Giving Circle. “For many of us, it was the first time we’ve been able to give meaningfully and we appreciated the opportunity to make a difference. Collectively, we feel accomplished contributing to organizations that are really making a difference in the world.”

Local agencies received 58 percent of the circle’s allocations totaling $18,500, including:

  • BBYO for their newly created advisor training program
  • Council for Jews with Special Needs to expand their Chaverim Tovim program
  • Federation NowGen/Moishe House Collaborative for post-Birthright programming
  • Friendship Circle for their young adult circle
  • Jewish Free Loan for their NowGen loan fund
  • Moishe House Phoenix to help offset the cost for young adults traveling to Moishe House learning retreats and conferences
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel to subsidize the cost of one participant on the Summer 2016 Arizona bus
  • Valley Beit Midrash for Start Me Up!

Nationally, the Jewish Disaster Response Corps received $5,000 to subsidize an intern for 2016 and the American Joint Distribution Committee’s Entwine received $2,500 for its local programs.

Programs in Israel allocations totaled $5,000. Machshava Tova Eco-Tech received funds to help subsidize the cost of its programs which helps youth at risk to gain computer skills, enter entrepreneurship competitions and create tech devices. The Israel Free Loan Association also received funds to help those in need.

“The NowGen Giving Circle is a prime example of enabling young adults to connect to philanthropy in a meaningful way and really see where and how their dollars are being used,” said Erin Searle, development associate, who handles planning, allocations and community relations for the Federation.

The NOWGen Giving Circle is comprised of eleven young Jewish adults who want to give in a meaningful way. Members contribute a minimum of $500. The Federation provides funding and guidance to the circle.

For more information on the next NowGen Giving Circle grant cycle, contact nowgen@jewishphoenix.org.