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Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation

Year Founded: 
Name of Host Organization: 
Columbus Jewish Foundation
Host Setting: 
Jewish Community Foundation
Program Type: 
Teen Foundation
Funding Areas: 
Israel, Local, National
Program Description: 

Columbus, Ohio - Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation (CJYF) is a teen foundation responsible for granting Columbus Jewish Foundation dollars each year.  CJYF grants a minimum of $5,000 each year to programs with impact in our local community and beyond.  Teens develop the grants program as a team, request project proposals, and evaluate programs for funding over the course of the year.  From 2008-2013, CJYF made 18 grants totaling more than $34,000. These grants have supported programs as diverse as the Love & Hugs Bears Program at Zusman Hospice to Environmental Education programs at the Columbus Jewish Day School.  Annually selected topics addressed by this group include Jewish education, hunger, Jewish summer camp, senior programming, Jewish teen outreach and others.  Grants support programs for people with special needs.  Grants have ranged from $4,000 to $400 in a single award.CJYF is made up of 18 B’nai Tzedek Fund holders representing diversity among all grades 8-12, synagogues, local geographic diversity, and a mix of returning and new participants each year.  We work to ensure that the community of young people is represented in our decisions. Participants in this program must hold a B'nai Tzedek Fund and is by application only.  CJYF often can be listed for up to 20 hours as a leadership or community service credit for high school, National Honor Society, and/or college applications.

Program Contact
Deborah Polster Applefeld, Director of Youth Philanthropy
Work Phone: 
Robins Center for Philanthropy
1175 College Avenue
Columbus, OH 43209 US

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