Teen Philanthropy

2019-2020 Applications

Applications for the 2019-2020 Milwaukee Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board were due at midnight on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. If you have any questions about the Teen Philanthropy Board, please contact Anna Goldstein at 414-390-5733.

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