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Announcing Where Do You Give?

Sep 12, 2011 by Sasha  |  Project Updates

Welcome to Where Do You Give? a new project of American Jewish World Service that invites all of us who seek to engage more deeply with our communities—be they geographic, ethnic, national or other— in thoughtful conversation about where we give, to whom and why.

You give money to people because you support the work that they do. You give money to people because you have a vision for a more just and better world. You give money to people because your values tell you that you must, because it is the right thing to do.

We all would like to think of ourselves as charitable people. Perhaps many of us value philanthropy as something that we should all do.

But why? Why do you give?

How much do you give?

And once you decide that you want to give, how do you decide where to give?

Do you give to your family? Your friends? Do you give to people who share the same values as you? Do you give to organizations that you believe in? Do you give to people in your local community?

What about people who live across the world from you? Do you feel obligated to people who you might not have even met yet?

At American Jewish World Service, we want to explore these questions with you.

If this is something you have not sat down to think about before, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Take the first step and join AJWS as we spend the next several months talking about what it means to give, where we give and why, so that one day we can all answer the question with intention and sincerity:
Where do you give?

The conversation starts here, at WhereDoYouGive.org. We hope that it will continue in our communities for generations to come.


Sasha Feldstein is a program associate in the education and community engagement department at AJWS, where she manages WhereDoYouGive.org. Aside from wanting to be and play outside all of the time, she is interested in radical reconceptualizations of ancient traditions and in deeply exploring why we give, where we give, how we give and what it means to define giving tzedakah as pursuing justice. Sasha can be reached at sfeldstein@ajws.org.

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