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Introducing our Where Do You Give? Finalists!

Apr 23, 2012 by Sasha  |  Project Updates

The judges have deliberated, and we’re proud to announce our Where Do You Give? Finalists!

Check out our submission gallery to view all of the Finalists across our three categories: Tzedakah Box, Web/Interactive and Out of the Box.

Where Do You Give? Finalists will receive $250 and will have their designs featured in a national exhibit, which will kick off in NYC this summer!

All of the over 70 submissions that we received were excellent, which made judging very difficult. However, our esteemed judging panel was proud to come to a decision about our Finalists. Please join us in congratulating them!

Stay tuned! Our Grand Prize Winners will be announced May 15.

Our Finalists are…

Tzedakah Box
Tyson Brady is an industrial design student from the University of Washington. As donations are made in this “Charity Cube,” a sequence of LED lights advance, providing the user with a visual display of the impact they have made. As more people provide charity, the design will become more complete. It is meant to be a beautiful way of objectifying charity and can be displayed in homes and public places as an icon for the importance of giving.

Rachel Kanter is an artist from Montclair, NJ. Her “Tzedakah Bag” is made from vintage silk tallitot, batik fabric from Ghana and commercial cotton fabric, to serve as “a tactile reminder that our obligation is to support and nourish communities here in the United States, in developing countries and in the rest of the world.”

Doug Burnett is an art director from Chicago, Il. His controversial “Vending Box” paints a dystopic picture of our current spending and donor habits. As Doug explains in his artist statement, “We buy a soda without batting an eye but, ironically, we turn a blind eye toward a $1 donation.” After inserting a coin, participants choose a beneficiary. A screen on the back side of the box shows a video of that individual and the benefit he or she will receive as a direct result of the donation.

Frederico Zannier, from Brooklyn, NY, is a graduate student at NYU’s ITP Program. His “Pixels 4 Poverty” project allows individuals to visualize how their contributions are part of a large community effort to make change, by literally painting a picture of the people and organizations that donors are supporting. 

Kristen Baumlier-Faber is an associate professor and artist at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her interactive game and web platform, “Hand + Heart,” fosters awareness about giving to others in need by teaching users about different issues in the world. Players can earn points which add up into actual money and giving assistance to organizations that members choose.

Michael Cohn Moreau is a software engineer from Nashville, TN. Michael’s “Discover Needs” tags are QR codes meant for grocery stores. Shoppers scan the codes to learn about issues that are directly connected to the products they’re buying. For example, a shopper purchasing insect repellant can scan the QR code to learn about malaria in the developing world. Then, the shopper can be immediately directed to learning about organizations that are working to fight malaria, and can choose to donate to that organization right then and there, or save the information to learn more later.

Out of the Box
Julie Wohl is a Jewish educator and freelance Jewish artist from Duncansville, PA. Her painting, “From Home to Home,” is filled with many complex and layered images that relate to the pursuit of justice through tzedakah, and is designed to have an accompanying curriculum for students to explore tzedakah through art.

Laura Silver, from Brooklyn, NY is a writer and leader of the International Knish Society. Her modern-day communal-baking-session kit includes a shopping list and a manual with play-by-play instructions on how to host a tzedekah-based baking session for five to 500 people. Participants select a local organization to receive the baked goods or proceeds from sales of baked goods.  The activity invites a conversation around deciding where to donate among different charitable organizations.

Lily Feinberg is from Washington, D.C. Her large-scale sculpture functions both as a receptacle for tzedakah and as a catalyst for community engagement in local causes and reflection on the act of giving. The structure physically spells out the word “change,” a word that indicates its contents as well as its ultimate function. The dual meaning of this word prompts tzedakah givers to associate more closely the act of physically giving money to the impact it actually can have.


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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