Natan Fund

Giving Circles, Amplified

New website connects Jewish giving circles to share resources.

09/16/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Giving Circles, the hottest trend in Jewish philanthropy, now have an official website.

The Natan Fund, a giving circle of young Jewish professionals in New York (known as the “Wall Street” giving circle), this week announced the launch of Amplifier, an online platform that allows Jewish-inspired giving circles around the world to connect and share resources.

The new Amplifier site is a project of The Natan Fund. Via

Bringing Their Money To The Table

Giving circles grow in popularity, as younger donors seek community and connection.

Editorial Intern
11/12/2012 - 19:00

Jo Schaalman “fell out of touch” with her Jewish identity when she left her hometown of Milwaukee for Boulder, Colo.

“My grandfather was a Reform rabbi, so I always had strong family connections. But I never found a synagogue where I fit in,” she said.

But when Schaalman, a business professional and nutrition expert who is now 35, became a member of Roots and Branches, a Jewish giving circle, in 2007, that all changed.

Giving circles use a "boutique" model. Photo courtesy Roots and Branches

Philanthropy Watch: Jewish Start-Ups Continue To Grow

New study finds number of innovative projects up dramatically in last two years.
04/05/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Despite the tough economic climate and increasingly competitive funding landscape, the Jewish innovation sector has grown dramatically in recent years. There are now 600 Jewish startups in North America that engage more than half a million Jews, up from about 300 startups in 2008, according to the findings of the 2010 Survey of New Jewish Initiatives produced by Jumpstart, the Natan Fund, and The Samuel Bronfman Foundation.

More than 150 of these Jewish startups – approximately 25 percent of survey respondents – have launched since 2008.

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