Teen Philanthropy

2020-2021 Applications

Applications for the 2020-2021 Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board are due at midnight on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. If you have any questions about the Teen Philanthropy Board, please contact Anna Goldstein at 414-390-5733.

Teen Philanthropy meetings will be virtual through at least the end of 2020. A meeting schedule will be released soon.

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?

In the Teen Philanthropy Board’s third year, they 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.

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.”


If you have any questions about the Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board, please contact Anna Goldstein at 414-390-5733.

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