Young professionals prioritize Jewish giving

Young professionals often have little time and money to spare, but a number of Washington area Jewish 20 and 30-somethings make Israel and Jewish philanthropy a priority for their scant resources. Take, for example, the JNFuture D.C. Chapter. With 71 paid members, it is considered a hallmark of the organization aimed at grooming the next… Read More

Text to donate

When Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake in April that killed more than 7,000 people, the airwaves were inundated with pleas to send a text to donate $10 to help the survivors. When political candidates need to fundraise, they often fill email inboxes with requests for $10 or $25 by midnight. Social media has become the… Read More

Howard County pursues ‘values’ givers

Once, there was a time when Jewish groups could fundraise with the pitch, ‘You’re Jewish and we’re Jewish and so you should give to us,’” said Michelle Ostroff, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County. That time may be over. That’s because it would be a mistake to assume that everyone in a… Read More

Little can be big

When disaster strikes, requests for donations fill television screens and social media. But where can someone turn for information to help those in need right here in the Washington, D.C., area? That is the question Barbara Harman, president and editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy, found herself asking as she looked for places to issue… Read More

Charitable Giving – Lion of Judah

With professional and economic barriers falling for women, there is still a place for women’s philanthropy, says Shelly Kupfer, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s vice president for women’s philanthropy. A big place. Last year, women’s philanthropy raised $1.25 million for the Federation’s annual campaign. She sees good reasons for soliciting from women as a… Read More

Hero Dogs for human heroes

Together with his mother, Liam Miller scrolled through the Internet for a cause for which the young man cared enough to raise money as part of his bar mitzvah project. When his mother showed him Hero Dogs – a nonprofit that matches dogs with wounded United States veterans – the Millers knew they had found… Read More

Art From the Heart

Art From the Heart is a new youth program sponsored by Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington, a volunteer based organization that provides services to Jewish patients and their families. Young artists (ages 6-18) from in and around the nation’s capital are invited to submit original artwork to be displayed in the BCGW Kosher Hospital Pantries…. Read More