Teen Philanthropy

What is Teen Philanthropy?

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.

What does Teen Philanthropy do?

The 2019-2020 Teen Philanthropy Board (third cohort) allocated $18,000 to the below organizations after a thorough vetting and decision-making process.

Bader Hillel Academy – $3,500
Friendship Circle of Wisconsin – $3,500
RUACH – $3,250
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC’s Chaverim Program – $3,250
Aurora Healing and Advocacy Services – $2,250
Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative – $2,250

All grants that were awarded locally were given as unrestricted funds due to the COVID-19 crisis. Survey responses are being collected from all awardees to measure the impact of the funds and how funds were used.

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.”


If you have any questions about the Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board, please contact Jennifer Saber, Teen Philanthropy Coordinator.


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

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