What can the minyan teach us about tzedakah? Using the minyan and group prayer as a model, Felicia Herman explains the mechanics and benefits of giving circles, a model of philanthropy in which individuals pool... their resources and decide collectively how to make the most impact with their resources. Not only do giving circles hold great potential for philanthropic impact, they also reflect the pervasive Jewish value of giving joyfully and with intention, never begrudgingly. See lessSee more
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The precise number of women's community giving circles can be a little tricky to parse. Typically, prominent women's philanthropy groups receive the recognition, like Women Moving Millions, whose members individually make gifts of at least $1 million for the advancement of women and girls.
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Giving circles offer a version of tzedakah that is empowered, intentional, and fun. For hundreds of thousands of members worldwide, they have unlocked new philanthropic, educational, and communal experiences. Most importantly, they really work: research has shown that members of giving circles give more, give more strategically, and engage more deeply in their communities than non-giving circle members.
News and analysis The Natan Fund, a Jewish giving circle based in New York City, has launched a website and resource library to help potential philanthropists join the growing movement of collaborative charity in small groups. Launched in September, Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement, has more than 40 member organizations.
Executive Director | The Natan Fund
Felicia Herman has been Executive Director of Natan since 2005. Natan empowers givers by engaging them in giving circles inspired by Jewish values through The Natan Fund, a giving circle of emerging philanthropists supporting Jewish and Israeli social innovation, and through Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement, a field-builder and resource for Jewish giving circles around the world. Felicia serves on the boards of Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas and Sefaria. She is a recipient of JFN’s JJ Greenberg Memorial Award, and she holds a Ph.D. in Jewish History from Brandeis University.