Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen donates $13,000 in grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen Giving Circle has announced allocation of additional funds totaling $13,000.

“Receiving an additional $13,000 was a blessing – it shows this community truly cares, and wants to empower our community’s young Jewish adults to make a difference,” said Blaine

Light who co-founded the NowGen Giving Circle.

Local organizations received nearly 81 percent of the additional allocations, totaling $10,500. Among those that received grants were: BBYO, Council for Jews with Special Needs, Friendship Circle, Federation NowGen/Moishe House Collaborative, Jewish Free Loan, Taglit-Birthright Israel and Valley Beit Midrash.

In addition, the American Joint Distribution Committee’s Entwine received $2,500 for its local programs.

The circle made its inaugural funding grants at the end of August, allocating nearly $20,000 to programs within the Valley of the Sun, throughout the nation and in Israel.
The NowGen Giving Circle is comprised of 11 young Jewish adults who want to give in a meaningful way. Members contribute a minimum of $500. The Federation provides additional funding and guidance to the circle.

“The NowGen Giving Circle is a prime example of enabling young adults to connect to philanthropy in a meaningful way and really see where and how their dollars are being used,” said Erin Searle, development associate, who handles planning, allocations and community relations for the Federation.

For more information on the next NowGen Giving Circle grant cycle, contact Erin Searle,

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix strengthens and sustains a vibrant, inclusive community that enriches lives through Jewish values, innovation and stewardship. We ensure the long-term viability of our Jewish community by providing leadership, financial support and synergy with other Jewish organizations in Greater Phoenix, Israel and around the world.

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