Teen Philanthropy

2019-2020 Applications

Applications for the 2019-2020 Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board are now open. Deadline to apply is midnight on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

The Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board is a community-wide program that engages Jewish teens in a communal giving and learning effort to achieve our goal of Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world”.

A diverse group of Jewish students in high school from the greater Milwaukee area attend monthly sessions centered around grant making, non-profit functions, and the philanthropic model.

In empowering teens to use philanthropy as a means to make social change, the sessions cover a variety of topics ranging from understanding community need, developing grant strategies, evaluating grant proposals, performing site visits and practicing strategic decision-making and consensus-building techniques.

In the Teen Philanthropy Board’s first year, they allocated $16,000 to the below organizations after a thorough vetting and decision-making process.

Tikkun Ha-Ir – $4,000
Friendship Circle of Wisconsin – $4,000
Jewish Family Services – $4,000
COA Youth & Family Centers – $3,000
Midwest NCSY – $1,000

The Teen Philanthropy program was made possible by a grant from the Bud & Sue Selig Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.

Quotes from Board Members:

“The board acts as a meeting point between Jewish teenagers and the local community.”

“This program was different from other Jewish experiences because it wasn’t just about having fun, it was also about making a difference.”

“MJTPB helped me feel that I could be a change maker in the world. I enjoyed being able to make a decision that took time and long thinking.”

“I have developed the ability to support my ideas with evidence to prove and justify why I advocate for it.”

2019-2020 Teen Philanthropy Schedule:

  • Wednesday, September 18 by 11:59pm: Deadline for Applications to be submitted
  • Wednesday, September 25: Board Acceptance Emails to be sent out
  • Sunday, October 6: 4-6pm – Teen/Parents Meet & Greet and Orientation
  • Friday, November 1: Sunday, November 3rd – Tikkun Together Regional Conference, tentatively only for returning members
  • Sunday, December 1: 4-6pm
  • Sunday, January 26: 4-6pm
  • Sunday, February 23: 3-5pm/Site Visits
  • Sunday, March 8: 4-6pm
  • Sunday, April 26: Time TBD
  • Tuesday, May 26: Final Grant Ceremony 6:30pm-8:30pm

 Free WJC