JPEG, or Jewish Philanthropic Educational Group is a giving circle designed to teach individuals about Tzedakah and making decisions as a group.  This year long course provides the essential ingredients to become informed and educated donors for the 21st century.

Check out the 2013 Cohort’s final grants

Participants in the program will have the chance to experience the process of philanthropy, and make a greater impact through group giving than you could as individuals. JPEG introduces participants to philanthropy through a Jewish lens, where you will learn about tzedakah and tikkun olam and develop the knowledge and skills to apply your own charitable giving in effective ways.

At the end of one year:

  • JPEG participants will help fuel the future pipeline of charitable giving by donating a combined sum of their personal funds to collectively-selected nonprofits.

Participants will have:

  • explored their own relationship to money and giving

  • learned to evaluate nonprofits as potential recipients

  • discovered areas they are most passionate about

  • examined various approaches to philanthropy

  • committed their own funds, time and effort to giving

  • discussed and negotiated group decisions

  • developed social relationships with each other

With guidance from experts, members will emerge with skills, knowledge and meaningful philanthropic experience. They will learn how to navigate the complexities and compromises, the costs and benefits, of group-giving. The year-long process, which will include real experience and responsibility, will help each individual become a more successful future philanthropist.

Fundamental values of the group/program:

  • Democratic procedures: each person has an equal voice

  • Self-led: Participants take ownership in research, decisions and progress of the group

  • Diversity:

    • Of values, background, orientation, etc.

    • The group is encouraged to look at both secular & Jewish organizations

  • Inclusiveness

  • Equality

  • Respect

Some basics about structure:

  • 8-12 people in a group, multiple groups may be formed if there is more demand.

  • Meet monthly, for approximately one year, granting group donation at the end of the cycle.

  • Focus of giving is based on Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam/through a Jewish lens, but not necessarily limited to Jewish organizations.

  • Leadership shared by all members of the group as necessary, with a representative from a sponsoring organization present, helping coordinate meetings & offering resources. $250 minimum donation, payment options available. Financial concerns addressed as needed.


Educational meetings / speakers:

  • JYW’s Caryn Aviv discussing how Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam align with the group’s and individuals’ values

  • Bruce DeBoskey, local philanthropic advisor speaking on evaluating potential recipient nonprofits

  • Group discussions based on the books Inspired Philanthropy by Tracy Gary and The Torah Of Money by Jeffrey Dekro and Lawrence Bush

  • Allocations/Grants Overview by JEWISHcolorado

  • Marty Zimmerman, founder of Zim Consulting, on the Jewish perspectives of a selection and final process

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