Thursday, July 3, 2014

Federation Invests $56,400 in Next Generation

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County’s NextGen initiative recently awarded seven local Jewish young adult organizations a total of $56,400 to encourage and inspire connection with our Jewish Community. Federation’s NexGen initiative aims to connect the estimated 20,000 San Diegan young adult Jews to their philanthropy, their heritage, and each other, by leveraging local efforts and programs, and inspiring Judaism on a level that speaks to people personally.

Grantee applications were reviewed by a committee of local philanthropists and Jewish community leadership and graded on the following metrics: uniqueness, scalability, leveraging of organizational partners, and quality of follow-up and retention plans.

Federation is pleased to announce the following grantees 

Friendship Circle ($5800): To expand Shabbat experiences to Friendship Circle families that have not been included in the past. An inclusion educational training will be developed for typical participants to help make sure FC families feel more included.

CJC In the Mix ($10,000): To create a series of art pop ups throughout San Diego.

Jewish Family Service ($2,100): To expand volunteer opportunities to young adults on a consistent basis. The goal will be to reach out to this audience in new ways, which has been lacking over the years.

NCSY ($10,000): To adapt their multi-media theatrical presentation for a young adult audience.

Tarbuton ($10,000): To build a young adult American-Israeli program in collaboration with several key partners. Large-scale events will take place along with smaller.

Chai Group ($8,500): To launch “Judaism: Inside Out,” a series of meaningful Jewish conversations held in creative spaces with amazing speakers.

Hillel of San Diego ($10,000): To focus on building the bridge between the senior year of college and post-college—a series of programs in partnership with NextGen groups to get outgoing students connected beyond Hillel.

“Federation’s new NextGen initiative aims to engage more than 5,000 Jewish young adults in the next five years. These innovative grants will connect young adults to Judaism and philanthropy in a way that’s personal and tailored to them.” 

Carly Ezell - Senior NextGen Manager

About The NextGen Initiative

Jewish Federation’s NextGen Initiative is dedicated to engaging Jewish young adults in San Diego County at a level to speaks to them. NextGen is an innovative community collaboration of more than 15 young adult organizations, designed to inspire thousands of young philanthropists to get engaged and embrace their Jewish heritage.

For more information about this exciting program contact Carly Ezell, Senior NextGen Manager at 858.737.7128 or


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