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Food for Thought

Along with providing a new appreciation for our health, the pandemic reinforced the importance of connecting with our loved ones and reflecting on the values we hold most dear. If you're lucky enough to safely share your Shabbat table - in-person or virtually - below are icebreakers for beginning meaningful conversations about philanthropy. 

Food for Thought - Thought-provoking questions for your Shabbat table:

How do you balance giving from your heart and your head?

Who were/are your giving role models?

What money "messages" did you receive growing up? Did they include charitable giving?

If you had $1 million dollars to give away, how would your approach be different than if you had $1 thousand dollars to give? How? Why?

Who or what is the biggest influence on your giving?

What historical events have influenced your giving?

When do you say "no" to a request?

How well does your charitable giving align with your values?

How does your giving reflect the legacy you wish to leave?

What life events have influenced your giving?

How does geography play a role in your giving?

If you could select one person to be your philanthropic mentor, who would it be and why?

What makes you feel connected to an organization you've supported? 

What is the most meaningful gift you've ever made?

What is the most meaningful gift you've ever made? 

How do you measure the impact of your giving? 

How is giving related to leadership? 

Do you believe in giving publicly or anonymously, and why?

Who or what makes you feel grateful?

If you could solve any problem, what would it be and why? 

How would you describe your family's traditions around giving? 

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