The Jewish Teen Board of Greater Toronto

Make Your Giving Count

This unique program brings Jewish teens together for the purpose of learning about charitable giving and philanthropy resulting in the board’s allocation of funds to organizations in need.


This is a project-based learning experience in which teens run a real Foundation by selecting causes they care about facilitated through a meaningful and structured process. Participants are then guided through the process of fundraising and are also taught about grant-making. At the conclusion of the program, the students present the money raised to selected organizations in a Granting Ceremony. 


Through a series of workshops, teens will  experience being a part of a REAL board, focusing on REAL community needs, and granting REAL money through a yearly grant making cycle:

Who Should Apply

Jewish teens who will be entering grades 9-11 in Fall of 2017 with an interest in philanthropy, leadership, and helping to transform the world around them.

Applications deadline is Monday, May 26, 2017.

Benefits of Joining the JTB:

The JTB is so much more than teaching teens about giving.  It's a wonderful way for students to gain leadership and consensus building skills and...


  • Be part of an international teen giving program
  • Learn about real world issues and be empowered to make an impact
  • Opportunity to give back to the community in a new and exciting way
  • Be involved in volunteering
  • Meet other teens from across the community
  • Come face to face with organizational and communal leaders who are making a difference to our world 


Are you a teen who wants to make a difference in our community?


(application deadline is May 26th, 2017)

Spaces are limited!

  • First Year:

    • Focus on organizations and programs which address vulnerable segments of the local Jewish community (teens, seniors, families, youth, and children)

and for those who choose to continue...

  • Second Year Board Members: 
    • Focus on organizations and programs dedicated to forging strong connections with Israel

The Commitment

Jewish Teen Board is a year-long program, beginning in September meeting approximately once a month and includes: 


  • A day-long Sunday retreat
  • Six Sunday afternoon meetings
  • 2-3 visits to potential grantee organizations
  • 2 social programs
  • 3 Sunday community service projects
  • Year-end granting celebration


 In order for the program to be successful, board members are expected to participate in all aspects of the program.

Participation Fee: $280

(application deadline is May 10th, 2017)  Spaces are limited!

(application deadline is May 26th, 2017) Spaces are limited!

  • Want to nominate a teen?

  • Do you know someone who wants to transform the world around them?

Participants can earn up to 40 hours toward their high school community service requirements.


2017-18 Tentative Dates & Important Deadlines


For New Teens and Parents
September 10th, 2017

Kick-off Retreat Day

Sunday, September 17th, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Location TBD

Granting Celebration

May, 2018

Making it all possible


The Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto ( is committed to supporting teen philanthropy and is honoured to be one of three communities selected by the Jewish Teen Funders Network ( to take part in the second cohort of The Foundation Board Incubator project generously funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund.  In addition, The Jewish Foundation welcomes the generous partnership and support of WOW!, an initiative of the Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education (