Turning Teens into Philanthropists

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“The Teen Philanthropy Board is teaching me not only how to be a philanthropist, but also a leader in the Jewish community.” – Lia, Teen Philanthropy Board Member

As a high school junior, Lia was looking for an opportunity to connect with Jewish friends and make the world a better place. When she found the Teen Philanthropy Board, now called the Hamsa Fund, at Contra Costa Midrasha, it was a great fit. Hamsa Fund members learn to be philanthropists by creating their own foundation. This year, the Hamsa Fund raised over $10,000 from family, friends, and a generous matching grant from funds of The Jewish Community Foundation. Organizations apply for funding and the teens choose the recipients. This year, four organizations working on environmental sustainability issues received grants.

This coming year, Lia will be co-president. She is excited to “hang out with Jewish teens and do tikkun olam.” For Lia, serving on the Hamsa Fund board, is strengthening her Jewish identity and teaching her skills she will use the rest of her life.

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