Jewish Federation NowGen announces 2016 grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen Giving Circle made its 2016 funding grants at the end of August. Nearly $27,000 was allocated to programs within the Valley of the Sun, throughout the nation and in Israel.

Jewish FederationThe circle received more than 35 applications, which were evaluated. Seven Valley agencies and four Israel agencies were awarded grants based on their impact among young Jews.

New this year, is a $12,000 award for One Happy Camper, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the Foundation for Jewish Camp through an incentive grant. The program provides incentive grants for first-time campers to attend Jewish summer camp.

“While we continued our support of multiple organizations, we felt compelled to strengthen Jewish life by giving children who would otherwise be unable to attend Jewish summer camp. By creating relationships and memories they will carry for the rest of their lives, we have a greater positive impact on the next Jewish generation,” said Ben Ellis, circle member.

Other awarded grants include:

• $4,000 to Machshava Tova in Israel to help women gain the skills necessary to join technology industry in Israel;
• $200 per couple up to $5,000 for all new couples who attend programs and become engaged in the jLive Jewlyweds program run by Risa Brumer;
• $3,000 for Friendship Circle’s new Jewish Experiential Learning Program for adults with developmental disabilities;
• $3,000 to fund the Council For Jews With Special Needs prom.

“We are thrilled and grateful to be awarded a NowGen grant for the second year in a row,” said Amy Hummell, executive director of CJSN. “This grant will help us engage more young adults with disabilities and provide a fun and meaningful experience for them. It will be one heck of a dance!”

The NowGen Giving Circle is comprised of eleven young Jewish adults who want to give in a meaningful way. Members contribute a minimum of $500 and meet monthly. The Federation provides funding and guidance to the circle.

For more information about the NowGen Giving Circle, contact Erin Searle,

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