10th cohort of Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation met for its kick-off
retreat Sunday, Oct. 13, a day-long “philanthropy boot camp” to set the stage
for a year of philanthropic service.
teens formed committees based on areas of interest, including Aid to Israel,
Medical Research, Basic Needs, and Mental Health. They also debated the basics
of their foundation: Should they give fewer, but larger grants, or more, but
smaller grants? What does it mean to give in a Jewish context? What does empathy
have to do with grant-making?
the next few months, the teens will set their grant guidelines and send out
Requests for Proposals to nonprofits across Chicago, the U.S. and Israel, as
they continue to learn the ins and outs of running a philanthropic foundation.
This spring, the group will allocate more than $25,000 in support of programs
and organizations that are doing the work that realizes the teens’ shared
learn more about Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation, visit http://www.juf.org/teens/voices.aspx. The application process for next year's cohort will begin early spring 2014.