Shongolulu: fashion for a cause

With the slogan “saving wildlife with style,” a multinational team of entrepreneurs recently launched the fashion company Shongolulu with the goal of raising awareness and resources to protect endangered species and their habitats. Ten percent of the company’s profits are donated to non-profit organizations that work in wildlife conservation around the world. “As the most…


JTO funds grow 12%

The Jewish Tuition Organization (JTO) recently announced that its 2015 year-end revenue, exceeded $4 million, up 12% from last year. The largest increase was in corporate support, which grew by 32.5%. Funds raised by the JTO are used for need-based scholarships for children at Desert Jewish Academy, Pardes Jewish Day School, Phoenix Hebrew Academy, Shearim…


Life & Legacy: changing the culture of giving

A dozen Phoenix-area Jewish organizations are well on the way to ensuring a stable financial future for themselves and the Valley Jewish community in general thanks to a partnership between a local and a national foundation. In February the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Life & Legacy…


Joshua Simon gets Back as much as he Gives

Ask Joshua Simon why it’s important to give, and he will say, “Because I can make a difference.” As president of SimonCRE, Joshua is not your typical 30-year-old. He founded the company in 2010 at the tender age of 25 and started from nothing without any help. “We’ve grown in five years,” Joshua says of…


Growing Youth Philanthropy Board to award $20,000 in grants

The Jewish Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board began the year with an incredibly strong start.  Based on the tremendous demand, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix created two board cohort groups: seniors and freshman; juniors and sophomores. The pairings will allow the returning youth leaders to provide significant leadership and the smaller group allows…


Why Do We Give?

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr. “Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world.” ~ Mishna, Pirkei Avot 1:2 “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” ~ Albert Einstein…

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