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Federation NOWGen Giving Circle makes initial grants

By September 8, 2015May 10th, 2017Press Releases

Scottsdale, AZ (Sept. 8, 2015) – The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen Giving Circle made its inaugural funding grants at the end of August. Nearly $20,000 was allocated to programs within the Valley of the Sun, throughout the nation and in Israel.

“Our circle members gave $19,500 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 48 percent of the circle’s allocations totaling $9,500. Among those that received grants were:

  • Council for Jews with Special Needs to expand their Chaverim Tovim program
  • BBYO for their newly created Advisor Training program (additional funds were available through a matching grant)
  • Moishe House Phoenix to help offset the cost for young adults traveling to Moishe House learning retreats and conferences

Nationally, the Jewish Disaster Response Corps received $5,000 to subsidize an intern for 2016.

Programs in Israel received 26 percent of the circle’s allocations totaling $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 comprised of eleven young Jewish adults who want to give in a meaningful way. Members contribute a minimum of $500 and meet monthly. The Federation provides funding and guidance to the circle.

For more information on the next NowGen Giving Circle grant cycle, contact Erin Searle,

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