Kickoff set for B’nai Tzedek teen philanthropy program

B’nai Tzedek Tucson, a teen philanthropy program, will hold its annual kickoff event on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

The program allows teens to create endowment funds in their own names by contributing $180 (subsidized participation available), to which $320 will be added by local donors. At four events each year, participants — who include 110 Tucson teens thus far — will learn how issues such as hunger, AIDS and the environment affect people in Tucson, Israel and around the globe. Once a year, each teen will pick a nonprofit organization, such as Doctors Without Borders or JDub Records, to donate 5 percent (the interest earned) from his or her fund.

B’nai Tzedek Tucson was awarded Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2009. The program, which is open to teens in grades eight and up, is administered by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Coalition for Jewish Education in partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona

For more information or to RSVP for the kickoff, contact B’nai Tzedek Coordinator Bryan Davis at 577-9393 or bdavis@jfsa.org.