Engaging Young Philanthropists

Publication Date: November 2007

Publisher: Jewish Telegraphic Agency (New York, N.Y.)

Author(s): Sharna Goldseker

Research Area: Banking and finance

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Generational Issues; Fundraising and Philanthropy; Organizational Development

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


As part of JTA's series on "Reimagining Federated Philanthropy," the author reflects on the challenge of engaging younger Jewish philanthropists in communal life. She states that today engaging the next generation actually means engaging multiple generations at once. She argues that the question isn't whether the next generation is prepared for its communal responsibilities; the question is whether the community is prepared for the next generation. The experiences and questions that 20- and 30-somethings bring to the table all require a shift in the way federations operate. She argues that although multigenerational philanthropy requires us to hold the tension between our traditions and the innovation of the next generations, it seems well worth it to achieve continuity.