Dear Amplifier community,

What unprecedented times these are. 

Here at Amplifier, we are committed to continuing to bring you tools and resources to feel connected and make a difference. We are moved by the networks of neighbors reaching out to each other emerging all over the world, and by the way some major foundations have committed to continuing their grantmaking

Most of us aren’t major funders, and many of us aren’t only worried about our health and that of our loved ones; we are also worried about our jobs and any savings we might have. Yet, if we can, it is more important than ever to give, and to give together. Giving together helps our funds go further, and it builds connections to combat social isolation.

Today we are sharing a new guide on how to have a Virtual Pop-up Giving Circle - a way for a group to get together, learn about issues, and make a difference. We are hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 26th at 1:00 pm EST on how to use these resources. Please join us. In the meantime, if you are looking for places to donate, a few options to check out are the Hebrew Free Loan Association, Feeding America, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Our team is available for one-on-one consulting, free of charge, to all who need it during this time. We are here for you, whether you are wondering if and how to continue your giving circle or collaborative philanthropy program, learning how to hold virtual gatherings and meetings, or wondering how to approach philanthropy in general amidst this economically-challenging time. Reach out to book a meeting - even if you just want to chat. We’d love to hear from you. 

In the spirit of sharing stories of others who make a difference, today we’re announcing our new Human of Amplifier, Muhi Kwaja, and a piece about a global giving circle hosted by OLAM and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. I had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda with OLAM recently, which spurred me to think more about the role of global giving in my life and in Amplifier’s work. 

We hope that, in this difficult time, we can all use this time to be together virtually, and give together, however we can. 

Take care of yourselves and each other,
Liz Fisher
Resources for responding to COVID-19 with generosity and intention:
Virtual Pop Up Giving Circle Guide & Training

As we practice social distancing, many of us are reinterpreting what it means to be and feel connected. At Amplifier, we feel lucky to have the opportunity to offer virtual programs that can not only help communities to feel connected with one another, but to share resources in this time of heightened need. 
We’ve adapted our Pop-up Giving Facilitation Guide and Participant Workbook to include tips & tricks for virtual facilitation, and are hosting a training to help you use them. Download the resources and register for the training to gather your community, explore your values, and give together. 
Our Virtual Pop-Up Training will take place via Zoom on Thursday, March 26th at 1:00 pm EST. We'll cover all the basics to help your first virtual pop up succeed. 
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All People Are Responsible for One Another 

We teamed up with Repair the World to create “All People Are Responsible for One Another,” a resource on caring for the sick, grounded in philanthropy, service and Jewish values. Read and share this resource if you’re wondering how you can care for yourself, your community, and the stranger during this unpredictable time.
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Inspiring stories to lift your spirits:
We hope these stories will help you to feel inspired, empowered, and grounded in the generosity of Amplifier communities and beyond. 
Humans of Amplifier: Muhi Khwaja
Portrait by artist Lena Connolly
At Amplifier, we’re excited about our multi-faith partnerships, and we love sharing the work of other faith-driven leaders who inspire us. That’s why we’re so thrilled to present this month’s Human of Amplifier: Muhi Khwaja, co-founder and director of development & philanthropy at the American Muslim Community Foundation. In the piece, Muhi’s tells us about his process, motivations, and successes, as well as how he’s helping the American Muslim community remain philanthropically resilient amidst the COVID-19 crisis. 

If you feel inspired by this piece, please consider contributing to the American Muslim Community Foundation’s crowdfunding campaign: The COVID-19 Response Fund for Nonprofits. This campaign provides flexible financial resources to organizations across the country working with minority communities who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. 
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NextGen Global Giving Circle: A Case Study

OLAM, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Amplifier came together to create a global pop-up giving circle for the NextGen community in Atlanta. 30 young adults gathered to hear directly from 7 OLAM partner organizations, all Jewish and Israeli organizations that work with vulnerable populations in developing countries. With a buy-in of $50 per attendee and a generous anonymous gift from an outside donor, the group gave away over $7,000 in one evening. 
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