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 2020-2021 Teen Philanthropy Board (fourth cohort) allocated $18,000 to the below organizations after a thorough vetting and decision-making process.

  • Friendship Circle of Wisconsin – $4,500
  • The Good People Fund – $4,500
  • The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center – $4,500
  • Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee – $4,500
  • Youth Futures – $1,000
  • South Jordan Drainage and Streams Authority – $1,000

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.”

Contact

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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