Philanthropy holds profound significance for young Jewish adults who are part of NextGen MKE, as it embodies the core values of tikkun olam (or repairing the world). Philanthropy not only becomes a means of giving back but also serves as a powerful tool for us to express our commitment to social justice, compassion, and the pursuit of a more equitable world. 

Start your philanthropic journey today with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation!

What is the Federation Annual Campaign? 

The Annual Campaign is our Jewish community’s central fundraising initiative. It provides the financial resources to support much-needed programs and services that touch countless lives locally, in Israel, and throughout the world. 

Funds from the campaign support programs and services delivered by our partner agencies, all working to meet the needs of our local community as well as those in Israel and around the world. Jewish Federation works closely with community partners to identify current, emerging, and new needs, then directs funds to where they are needed most. Learn more about the campaign here

Ben Gurion Society

The Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) is a national donor recognition society for young adults, ages 22-45, who make a contribution of $1,000 or more to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.  

BGS members embody David Ben-Gurion’s legacy of young men and women who use their passion and resources to build a stronger Jewish community at home, in Israel and around the world. 

As a member, you’ll have access to exclusive BGS events throughout the year and have the opportunity to connect and learn alongside like-minded young adults. 

A “step-up” BGS program is available for individuals and couples who strive to give at a Ben-Gurion Society level over time. Individuals who wish to become a “step-up BGS member” must start year one by age 40.  

Step-Up BGS qualifications are as follows: 

  • Year 1 – $500 contribution to the Annual Campaign
  • Year 2 – $750 contribution to the Annual Campaign
  • Year 3 and after – $1,000 contribution to the Annual Campaign

If you’d like to become a ‘Step-Up BGS member’ please reach out to NextGen Director, Kelly Biedinger.

National Young Leadership Cabinet 

Since its founding in 1963, the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet cultivates trains and inspires the most promising young volunteers for leadership positions and the Jewish community.  

Based on Jewish values, cabinet is a leadership and philanthropic development initiative that carries a five-year commitment. The program engages highly dedicated individuals who embody humility, authenticity, and integrity.  

Cabinet is designed for passionate, committed, and driven individuals. Ranging 30 to 40 years old, in addition to being nominated by professional and their local federation, applicants must fill out an application stating why they would want to participate in this program. All potential applicants should: 

  • Demonstrate leadership or potential for leadership in their local community and be eager for future growth. 
  • Commit to making a difference through active leadership roles in their local community. 
  • Embody the Jewish values of tzedakah, tikkun olam, and Klal Yisrael. 
  • Make a minimum gift of $5000 to the annual campaign in their first year, with meaningful increases each year thereafter. 
  • Commit to the time necessary to energetically participate in the experiences and opportunities offered by Cabinet. 

Cabinet is an intensive program and a community designed for individuals who are at a point where they can dedicate a few hours each month (beyond in-person retreats and experiences) toward their own learning and development, as well as their role within the movement. 

If you have questions about your philanthropy for Jewish Milwaukee, please reach out to NextGen Director, Kelly Biedinger.