Our initiatives aim to grow the impact of youth philanthropy
Honeycomb is dedicated to being a catalyst for new Jewish youth philanthropy programming.
Our initiatives include a wide range of pilot programs and services across the network and in new communities and organizations. We accomplish this by training professionals, connecting and networking program leaders and creating curriculum and resources to meet community needs.
Honeycomb’s initiatives aim to grow the field of Jewish youth philanthropy and to curate high quality, engaging experiences to offer our network to strengthen youths’ Jewish identity, engagement in the Jewish community, and commitment to lifetime giving and change-making.
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Foundation Board Incubator
The Foundation Board Incubator brings the success and impact of Jewish youth philanthropy programs across North America into cities around the world.
Youth Ambassador Council
The Honeycomb Youth Ambassador Council is a group of youth philanthropists from across North America. Launched in 2016, the Youth Ambassador Council was created in order to amplify the voices of Jewish youth philanthropists.
Opening the Dor
The program focuses on connecting seniors and teens through storytelling, heritage, shared history, family traditions, legacy, philanthropy and Jewish giving. This program was made possible with the generous support of The Sephardic Foundation On Aging.
The Giving Hive
Honeycomb has created a hub where Jewish youth philanthropy programs of all shapes and sizes can gain access under one umbrella to an online crowdfunding platform. As the lead resource for Jewish youth philanthropy, Honeycomb created this central online space to support youth philanthropy programs with their fundraising efforts and needs.
Honeycomb is committed to learning and understanding the field of youth philanthropy to inform on the impact and power of engagement by youth and their educators and to ensure our work is developed upon sound evidence and best practices in the field. You can be confident that we engage with experts in the field on our evaluation and applied research to achieve quality results.
We engage with experts on our research and evaluation
Our past Initiatives
We are proud of our initiatives over the years, which have served as catalysts for new programs, strengthened the field of Jewish youth philanthropy, and created new and innovative programming for communities around the country. These programs have contributed to our growth and continued to be part of the Honeycomb network.
"Stepping Up" Long Island Jewish Teen Philanthropy Program
JTFN launched “Stepping Up” in 2012 to create 10 new teen foundations across Long Island, NY. The program focuses on pressing local needs in Long Island, using resources from the Rauch Foundation's Long Island Index on education, health, housing, hunger, and jobs.
B’nai Tzedek Grinspoon Foundation
In July 2009, the Jewish Teen Funders Network (now known as Honeycomb) merged with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF)’s national B’nai Tzedek (BT) program, providing a new and central address for the growing field of Jewish youth philanthropy at JTFN. Since then, we successfully absorbed the national B’nai Tzedek program into the network, and the field continues to grow and blossom.
Pilot Incentive Grants
A cohort of 10 communities were part of a three-year grant initiative in order to support Jewish teen philanthropy programs.
"Think Outside the Tzedakah Box" Camp Philanthropy Program
49 Jewish summer camps participated in this youth philanthropy project, which crossed all denominational lines, and received $1,000 of funding and leadership training to develop high-quality teen philanthropy programs. We worked closely with grantees on program development and staff training.