Teen Philanthropy Institute

Areyvut, in collaboration with the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades inaugurated the Teen Philanthropy Institute (TPI) in 2008.  During its first year, there were 24 participants in the 8th-10th grades.  These participants learned how to serve on a grant-making board and become strategic philanthropists.  Each student donated $250 which was then matched by a donor for a total of $10,000 in allocation money.  An additional $1,000 was donated to the group to ensure that each of the six organizations that had representatives meet with group were able to receive funding.

The group had an opportunity to learn about each organization's mission, target population and structure.  Representatives from each organization were asked to write a Request for Proposal (RFP) indicating how they would use the funding. 

In its second year, there were two cohorts of teenagers involved in the program.  Returning participants focused their efforts on learning about the needs of organizations based in Israel.  This cohort allocated $8,000 to two Israel based organizations.  New participants learned about organizations in need in their community of Bergen County.  They allocated $10,000 to four organizations.

Areyvut would like to congratulate the following organizations on receiving allocations from TPI 2009.  We wish them all continued success and thank them for the important work that they do.

*   A Package From Home   *  

*   American Friends of Magen David Adom   *

*   Community FoodBank of New Jersey   *

*   Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County   *

*   Jewish Family Service of Bergen County   *

*   Music For All Seasons   *

The culmination of TPI 2009 took place on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at the TPI Banquet.  Click here to view pictures from the event.

TPI is sponsored by the Jewish Teen Funders Network, The Leonard Rubin Memorial Fund, Kaplen JCC on the PalisadesUJA Federation of Northern New Jersey and individual contributors.        


Back row: S. Fine, Z. Lavin, N. Rothstein, J. Kaye, M. Popper, E. Lewinson, R. Adler, R. Friedman, J. Brensilber, M. Taub, B. Rubach, L. Kollender, J. Meisel, J. Weintraub, N. Golden
Front row: B. Meisel, J. Isackson, D. Grossman, K. Chen, G. Sohn, L. Marger
Not shown: E. Starr
Back row: J. Grabell, J. Dersovitz, L. Shevins, A. Sherry, B. Zingler, K. Kesslen, R. Waltman, M. Miller, L. Shevins, J. Siegler, J. Zingler, L. Davis, S. Naimi
Middle row: J. Wormser, L. Gillon, B. Grabell, J. Kamil, D. Hirschberg
Front row: E. Herrmann, S. Porter, M. Adelstein, H. Kashkin