We are committed to regularly bringing you tools and resources throughout the COVID-19 crisis. For past resources, please see our COVID-19 resource page.
This week, we’re sharing two new op-eds focused on the importance of giving in this moment: an eJewish Philanthropy piece from our CEO Liz Fisher on becoming the philanthropists we admire, and a Tablet magazine op-ed from Amplifier Founder and Board Chair and Executive Director of the Natan Fund Felicia Herman about the existential threat that the COVID-19 crisis places on the nonprofits we love. If they inspire you, please share with your friends and family, and don't forget to invite them to give, too!
Virtual Conversation: Giving in the Time of COVID-19
It’s a confusing time to support the causes and communities we care about. Many of us may be wondering whether we have the means to give, or we may be unsure about where and how to donate.
That’s why today, April 2nd at 1:00 pm EST, Amplifier is hosting a virtual conversation to help community members find clarity, connection, and a commitment around supporting the people and organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. We'll share a brand new resource to help guide giving decisions, offer some thought-provoking questions, and help participants walk away from their desks (or couches!) with a newfound sense of direction and confidence in their giving choices.
Op-Ed: We Can Become the Philanthropists We Admire
Before COVID-19 hit the USA, Amplifier’s CEO Liz Fisher wrote an op-ed about the potential we all hold to become the philanthropists we admire. Now that we find ourselves in the midst of the pandemic, and we search for ways to cope and respond, we urge you to check out the op-ed for inspiration on identifying as a philanthropist at any level of giving and the power you have to make a difference.
Felicia Herman, Founder and Board Chair of Amplifier and Executive Director of the Natan Fund, wrote a persuasive op-ed in Tablet. The piece offers a harrowing peek into what the COVID-19 crisis has in store for nonprofits that shape our lives, and what everyday givers can do to cushion the blow. We hope you will read and share this piece, which emphasizes the reasons why, for those who can, now is the time to give.
In anticipation of Passover’s beginning next week, many of us are searching for ways to virtually gather and feel connected with our loved ones, since we can’t gather in person.
Seder2020, powered by OneTable, is a platform to plan virtual Seders, invite guests, and find resources to have a meaningful virtual Passover experience. Seder2020 is there to help with everything to make your virtual seder a success by helping hosts to invite guests, distribute online haggadot, and set up video conferences to share the experience.
Are you looking to learn more about tzedakah, the Jewish practice of donating money in the name of righteousness and justice? Project Zug has launched a sliding-scale, 5-week online course called Tzedakah: The Jewish Approach to Giving. Each participant will be matched with a havruta (partner) and learn through traditional and modern texts.
Jewish Federations of North America: Call for Volunteers
Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is looking for volunteers who have experience with Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to coach Jewish communities and institutions on how to apply for available funding. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis, so moving fast is critical. Accountants, lawyers, business consultants, former loan officers, and those with a finance background would be ideal.
If you (or someone you know) would like to volunteer, please fill out this short intake form. JFNA will provide trainings on an ongoing basis.