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Felicia Herman

Executive Director | The Natan Fund

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... See more


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Giving Circles: More Impact to Go Around

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.

Give Better. Give Together. A 7-Part Series on Launching and Sustaining a Successful Jewish Giving Circle

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.

Jewish Group Launches Website to Assist 'Giving Circle' Movement

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.

Felicia  Herman, 

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.