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Jewish Funders Network Awards Inaugural Shapiro Prize to Foundation for Jewish Camp

This feature originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy. The Jewish Funders Network has named the Foundation for Jewish Camp as the inaugural recipient of the Shapiro Prize for Excellence in Philanthropic...

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Edgar Bronfman z”l, our Founding Trustee, Supporter, and Friend

The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) family is deeply saddened by the loss of Edgar M. Bronfman z"l, beloved friend, founding trustee, and dedicated supporter of Jewish camp. The field of Jewish camp and the Jewish community at large have lost a strong advocate, visionary, and confidant. Edgar was very proud of the work FJC accomplishes. He believed very deeply in the power of camp to transmit ...

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Philanthropy in Action: From College to Camp

This post originally appeared on the Jewish Teen Funders Network blog. My philanthropic journey started over a year ago, in a classroom at Yale University. Over the course of the semester, I participated in what turned out to be the most unique, fascinating, crazy, and rewarding class I have ...

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Act Global to Think Local

The following feature appeared in eJewish Philanthropy. My family’s foundation is relatively small. Most philanthropies our size focus their funding on their local communities. For that matter, larger foundatio...

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A Snapshot of Camp Philanthropy

Right now, across North America, over 1,200 Jewish summer campers are becoming philanthropists. At 43 camps, groups of teens are developing mission statements, examining Jewish texts and values, reviewing grant proposals, making site visits, and awarding $1,000 grants to nonprofit organizations. The program encourages campers to “learn by giving,” and will generate at least $40,000 in grants t...

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Thinking Outside the Tzedakah Box

By Naomi Skop Richter, Jewish Teen Funders Network Program Associate (naomi@jfunders.org)   “… being awarded the Jewish Teen Funders Network grant gave a group of 42 teenagers a chance to make a big difference in the world... This program taught me responsibility, appreciation, and how charity functions.” -Rachael Cohn, URJ Camp Jacobs Camp (Utica,MS)...

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The Secret of Our Immortality

In an oft quoted article by Mark Twain on the Jews, he wrote: ...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other peopl...

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Swimming, Ceramics, Philanthropy?

By Naomi Skop When summer 2011 ends, over 250 campers from ten summer camps will return home asking their parents some hard questions: “Where do you give your tzedakah? How did you pick that organization?  At camp we learned…” At the Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN), we believe that collaborative teen philanthropy programs and overnight Jewish camp are a perfect pairing. Philanth...

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How Far We’ve Come

A lot can happen in 10 years. In 2000, Leonard Saxe, PhD and Amy Sales, PhD visited Jewish overnight camps in 2000 for the first-ever study on the field, commissioned by the AVI CHAI Foundation. ...

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Camp & Education: A Virtuous Cycle

The educational institutions that are the backbone of our community are only as strong as their leaders and educators. This is why we at the Foundation for Jewish Camp are particularly excited by the Jim Joseph Foundation’s (JJF) new investment in three of the Jewish community’s educational training grounds: The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religi...

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