YOUTH PHILANTHROPY FOR TEENS
What’s Your Passion?
Whether it’s ending hunger, poverty and homelessness or supporting animal rescue, medical research, programs in Israel, sports opportunities, international aid agencies, education, social services, music or more, the B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program can help you find the organizations working to address the causes you feel passionate about.
Not yet sure which causes you feel passionate about?
Not to worry, we can help you figure that out, too!
HOW MUCH TIME IS INVOLVED? We understand and appreciate busy teen schedules. We have opportunities for teens to participate monthly in our Service Learning Sundays program as well as other programs throughout the year. There is no minimum time commitment – your level of involvement is up to you. If you would like to truly be involved in philanthropy & advocacy education, you can sign up to be a part of the Youth Philanthropy Board and/or take our course at Hebrew High.
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Think of your fund as a way of recycling your Bar and Bat Mitzvah gifts for the rest of your life. Once you start your fund, it grows each year through investment income and other donations and then you can give 5% of your fund balance away each year to the charitable organization of your choice. Just ask your parents & grandparents– the need and desire to support non-profit organizations never ends. You will always have a giving tool to help you help others.
HOW DO I START A FUND?
To start a fund, complete a B’nai Tzedek Application and make a minimum gift of $500. (If you don’t have $500 to donate – the Foundation will confidentially help you get there. There are some very generous philanthropists who want to make sure any teen who wants to have a fund can do so).
HOW CAN I ADD TO MY FUND?
You can add to your fund, or have someone else donate to your fund at any time of the year. Contributions can be made online, mailed to the Foundation, or dropped off at the Foundation office. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. The name of the teen’s fund should be written on the memo line.
Click the Online Donation/Tribute button on the left side of this screen.
DONATE BY MAIL
If you wish to mail your contribution, please send it to the Jewish Community Foundation, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road; Suite 202; Scottsdale, Arizona 85254. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. The name of the teen’s fund should be written on the memo line.
DONATE BY PHONE
Credit card donations can be made over the phone; 480-699-1717.
SEND A TRIBUTE TO SOMEONE FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION
If you are looking to make a meaningful gift to someone for a special occasion, consider making a gift to your fund. We will happily work with you on the wording for the tribute card that will be sent to them from the Foundation office.
HOW TO MAKE DONATIONS TO CHARITIES FROM YOUR FUND
Each spring, you will have the opportunity to recommend a grant (make a donation) from your fund. If you have $100 or more available to grant (donate), you can choose two organizations.
HOW DO I CHOOSE WHAT ORGANIZATION(S) I WANT TO SUPPORT?
• Organization Name • Web Address
•A sentence or two describing the work of the organization
In addition to the list, you should talk with your parents, grandparents, teachers, aunts & uncles about organizations they support and why. You would be amazed at the wonderful organizations that your families and friends are supporting.
Please remember, all grant recipients must be certified 501(c)3 organizations.
501(c)3 is the section in the Internal Revenue Service tax code that describes the criteria an organization has to meet in order to receive tax-exempt status; such an organization is a 501(c)(3) organization. The organization may be charitable or religious, or it may be set up to promote common interests, such as the environment or running.
HOW DO I CHECK OUT AN ORGANIZATION TO MAKE SURE THEY REALLY ARE DOING GREAT WORK?
There are some wonderful, free resources that you can use on-line to help you with your research. We suggest www.guidestar.org, www.charitynavigator.org, or www.charitywatch.org.
In addition, feel free to call the organization and ask them questions about how they will use your contribution. Any trustworthy organization will be more than happy to speak with you about the work that they are doing.
HOW MUCH DO I GET TO DONATE EACH YEAR?
WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AN ORGANIZATION IN ORDER TO RECOMMEND A GRANT?
After you are confident that you have found the organization you want to donate to, you will have to fill out the Grant Recommendation Form, sent to you by the Foundation. If there is a specific project of that organization that you want to support (i.e. camp scholarships, buying school supplies for children, helping a client pay medical bills, to spay or neuter an animal), you will have to write that on your form.
FUND SPAN AND FUND OPTIONS IN THE FUTURE
As long as you continue to grant from your fund annually, this will be your fund until your 33rd birthday. At that time, if the fund has remained active and reached a level of $2,500 or more, it is your fund for the REST OF YOUR LIFE. Should your fund reach the $10,000 level, it will become a Donor Advised Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation with all the granting privileges of such a fund.
THINK ABOUT IT….
You can use your Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts to make charitable contributions for the rest of your life.
What a special way to remember such an important event.