Working Together to Maximize Impact
When families embark on a journey to make philanthropy a part of their lives across generations, it often starts with simple concepts: Having fun as a family, being authentic and open about values, putting coins in the tzedakah box, donating canned goods or clothing to families in need, contributing to a handful of favorite charities - even eating healthy food and appreciating every peaceful moment. In today's social impact culture, “doing good” is a powerful way to create a sense of belonging - in the family, the community, and the world.
The Jewish Community Foundation helps you take it to the next level, so both you and the community get the most out of your family's social impact experiences. Here are four steps that make it all work.
Studies show that before a person can become deeply engaged, emotionally and intellectually, in a community or a cause, or even philanthropy in general, he or she must feel affirmed that what he or she is doing already to “do good” is in fact good. This includes not only giving to charities, of course, but also volunteering in the community, recycling and respecting the environment, serving on boards of directors or committees, and attending community events. It can also include purchasing products that support a cause, marketing favorite charities through social media, and even committing to personal and family health and wellness. We know you are making a difference in lots of ways.
A little learning goes a long way.
The Foundation can give you the educational resources you need! Learning about philanthropy is in high demand across all generations. Students are interested in techniques that result in lives actually being changed for the better. Parents want to know how to teach their young children about doing good. Grandparents want to know how to leverage philanthropy to create a multi-generational platform for preserving family values. Young professionals are seeking new ways to access business information about nonprofits, especially online. Corporate executives seek techniques for charitable planning that meet their tax and estate planning objectives. We can help with all of this, and more!
Giving stories are powerful. Your family's unique story about making an impact will inspire others to pursue their own charitable objectives, too. The cause selected is an important part of any story! Other factors include how did the experience with philanthropy made the giver feel and the ways the giver’s life was enriched by feelings of gratitude and the ability to help people in need. The Foundation wants to understand your own story of philanthropy and find out what inspires you the most. When you are giving to the causes you love, everyone wins--you, the community, and the organizations you support!
Motivation is the moment of truth! Does a student, an employee, an executive, or a parent have the tools and information to act on a philanthropic desire? That's what the Foundation is committed to doing. People at all levels of giving frequently voice this frustration: “I want to help, but I just don’t know how.” We can offer ideas for specific actions you can take to support our community and the causes you love. You'll be motivated and happy because you will know that your act of doing good, no matter how big or how small, makes a real difference.