Teen Philanthropy

The Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board is a community program that engages 9th through 12th-grade Jewish teens in a communal giving and learning effort to achieve our goal of Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world.” 

Please contact Dalilah Bernier at DalilahB@MilwaukeeJewish.org with any questions.

2023-24 Teen Philanthropy Board Grant Ceremony

Thank you for joining us in acknowledging the achievements of the Teen Philanthropy Board Members and the presentation of grants to this year’s nonprofit recipients.

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2023-24 Teen Philanthropy Board Request for Proposal

The Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board is now accepting grant applications for the 2023-24 grant cycle. Eligible non-profit organizations can apply to receive grants for up to $4,500 each. 

If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration, please complete the application by February 1st, 2024. This application deadline is firm and will not be extended. All applicants will be notified of our decision no later than April 17, 2024.

The Board will be funding organizations that meet one or more of the needs found in our mission statement:
Uniting Milwaukee’s Jewish teens to fund local non-profit organizations with initiatives preventing food insecurity, promoting Israel education, and finally, combatting and preventing antisemitism for today, tomorrow, and the next generation.

Our teens look forward to reading your applications and are eager to learn more about the important work your organization does each day.

Please do not hesitate to contact Director of Teen Initiatives, Dalilah Bernier, with any questions.

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 2022-2023 Teen Philanthropy Board allocated funds to the below organizations after a thorough vetting and decision-making process.

  • Friendship Circle of Wisconsin
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center
  • Jewish Family Services

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 Dalilah Bernier, Director of Teen Initiatives.

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