The Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) serves as a central resource for the quickly growing field of Jewish teen philanthropy. They work to grow and strengthen the field of Jewish teen philanthropy in North America.
JTFN supports professional and lay leaders to create and improve Jewish teen philanthropy programs in synagogues, Jewish federations, summer camps, JCCs, Jewish community foundations, social service agencies and day schools. They provide training and networking opportunities, educational and programmatic resources, and one-on-one consultations to help troubleshoot challenges or brainstorm new ideas.
Jewish teen philanthropy programs introduce teens to collective grantmaking. This group process is guided by Jewish values and provides teen philanthropists-in-training with opportunities to gain new leadership skills. We believe that this early experience with strategic philanthropy will both strengthen their engagement with Jewish life and ensure their commitment to lifelong giving based on Jewish values.
JTFN was created in 2006 as a program of the Jewish Funders Network, an international organization dedicated to maximizing the quality and impact of Jewish philanthropy. The Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary is excited to be part of the JTFN alliance.
Growing up as the youngest child with three older brothers gave Juliana Rodriguez plenty of practice in being “the odd one out.” But it was her involvement in Jewish philanthropy that gave her new insight into the value of this perspective. In this talk, Juliana shares the remarkable impact that comes from not just welcoming outsiders to the funding table, but really hearing them.
A JTFN report on teen philanthropy grants and distribution in 2013-2014
A JTFN report on long term impact of Jewish teen philanthropy