Teen Philanthropy

2023-24 Teen Philanthropy Board Applications

We’re looking for a diverse group of Jewish students in grades nine through twelve from the greater Milwaukee area. Students will attend sessions centered around grant-making, non-profit functions, and the philanthropic model through a Jewish lens.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 23-24 Teen Philanthropy Board. Please contact Dalilah Bernier with 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, 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.