The Karma Foundation

Established in 1996 to provide grants in support of organizations engaged in activities and programs in the areas of Arts & Culture, Autism, Education & Literacy, Health & Human Services and Development & Enrichment of Jewish Life

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The J-Team Teen Philanthropy Program

The J-Team Teen Philanthropy program empowers teens to make positive changes in the world through the exploration, engagement and support of non-profit organizations. A select group of high- school aged students meet monthly to learn about philanthropy, develop comprehensive strategies for negotiation and advocacy, meet representatives of nonprofit agencies, engage in community service, and make charitable donations.

Teens gain exposure to pressing social issues and learn how to tackle these issues through the core Jewish values of tzedakah (charity/ justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). The teamwork approach to philanthropic giving makes this program a win-win for our community’s teens and nonprofit agencies and gives teens the tools to begin a life of giving.

Each teen participant makes a donation of $125, which is pooled and distributed at the end of the year. The Federation runs the program and provides a match, which was generously doubled by a grant from the Karma Foundation.

J-Teamer Sarah’s story is evidence of the sense of community created amongst participants. As a volunteer for Friendship Circle, Sarah developed a passion for working with her peers with special needs. As Sarah began to research programs that worked with those who are differently- abled, she discovered Yachad and Special Strides.

Innovatively, Sarah wondered whether the two organizations could work together to have the greatest impact possible on the community. Sarah was able to facilitate a discussion between these two organizations. All of Sarah’s hard work has made the community more inclusive for those with all different levels of ability.

Since the program’s inception in 2009, over 160 teens have distributed over three dozen grants to organizations that work to combat hunger, homelessness, poverty, and advocate for social-justice and at-risk youth. In 2018 J-Team continues to establish a core of teen leaders who develop exceptional team-building and advocacy skills as they prepare to apply for college and beyond.

The Karma Foundation funds organizations that work to provide food to people in need around the world.

Growing Power – Milwaukee
Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Read more.

Leket Israel
Leket Israel is Israel’s national food bank and major food rescue organization. With the support of 50,000 volunteers, Leket provides 180 agencies working with the needy with other 25 million lbs of healthy food a year rescued from destruction from 1,000 food producers. Read more.

Community Foodbank of New Jersey
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey fights hunger and poverty in New Jersey by distributing 40 million pounds of food and groceries annually through its own programs and through its 1,100 member charities, including soup kitchens, food pantries, and homeless shelters. Read more.

Meals on Wheels of Trenton & Ewing
Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing, Inc. (MOWTE) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization founded in 1973 to address the serious issue of senior malnutrition in the Trenton community. From the beginning, Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing has been committed to serving the homebound senior and disabled, those who cannot cook or shop for themselves. Read more.