Calling all entrepreneurs and visionaries…

Repair the World is teaming up with the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel (BYFI), by issuing a $10,000 matching grant to their Alumni Venture Fund (AVF). Since 2005, the AVF has provided financial support via mini-grants to more than 100 innovative projects dreamed up by BYFI alumni.

A few project highlights include:

  • Uri L’Tzedek’s Tav HaYosher: a grassroots initiative to create just working conditions in kosher restaurants.
  • Street Sights: A community newspaper written by homeless and formerly homeless individuals in Providence, Rhode Island, to build community, empower writers, and shed light on the issue of homelessness.
  • Kavod House: A residential community for Jews in the 20s and 30s in Boston, that engages in communal outreach, Jewish study, Tikkun Olam work, and activism.
  • Challah for Hunger: a national organization that engages college students in baking and selling challah, and donating profits to local charities and international relief in Sudan.
  • Urban Next Summit: A gathering in New Orleans in 2008 of young people from diverse backgrounds, discussing how to rebuild the city and establish meaningful connections between emerging and established leaders.

All of the AVF’s projects, which can be either new initiatives or part of existing non-profits, focus on fostering pluralism, engagement with Israel and social responsibility. In the past, all funds were raised from BYFI alumni, their families and friends of the program. BYFI’s Alumni Venture Fund is currently the only mini-grant program of its kind that enables this sort of peer-to-peer funding. The new matching grant partnership with Repair the World will leverage these funds to further enable alumni’s innovative Tikkun Olam work.

The Repair the World matching grant will specifically aim to mobilize projects that promote social action within young Jews, use Jewish learning and values to engage volunteers, focus on meeting societal needs, and build young Jewish leadership.

Have a great project idea? Applications are accepted from BYFI alumni twice yearly in October and May. Find out more about the AVF and how to apply here.