In 2013, Jim Joseph Foundation convened more than a dozen local and national funders of Jewish teen programming for a series of discussions on expanding teen involvement in Jewish life. The funders learned together and commissioned groundbreaking research—and ultimately began to design responsive local teen engagement initiatives in communities across the country.
This group evolved into a robust, collaborative community: The Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative, a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. This innovative learning and sharing network has created an environment that fosters risk-taking, experimentation and ongoing reflection. Funders serve as resources and thought-partners to their practitioner colleagues who are at different points in the process of launching, growing and refining their initiatives. Members share a commitment to transparency, with the goal of increasing knowledge and contributing tools to help advance the entire Jewish teen engagement field. The Funder Collaborative also shares its internal process and findings with others who may choose to embark on their own co-funding endeavor.
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