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B'nai Tzedek Frequently Asked Questions

Giving Programs

  • Who can open a fund?

    Anyone age 12-18 is eligible to open a B’nai Tzedek fund. There are already more than 500 individuals in our community with funds.

  • How can teens increase their impact?

    Many teens encourage friends and relatives to contribute to their funds in honor of their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. Some even include information in their invitations. Anyone can donate to B’nai Tzedek funds at any time, in any amount - on birthdays, for Chanukah, etc.

  • What charities can teens grant to?

    B'nai Tzedek fundholders may make a grant to any Jewish charity, locally or in Israel. Grants can also be made to a university Hillel.

  • How long can participants keep their funds?

    Funds remain open for 20 years. At that point, there are a few options:
    - If the fund has a balance of $2,500, it may be converted to a Donor Advised Fund, a charitable giving account for adults.
    - The fund may be used to join J-LEAD, the Foundation’s giving circle for adults in their 20s-40s.
    - The fund may become a part of the pool used to create matching donations for other teens opening B’nai Tzedek funds.

If you have any other questions about B'nai Tzedek, please contact Beatrice Fine at (913) 327-4618.

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