© 2008 18 Pomegranates

18 Pomegranates Seed Council

The Seed Council is charged with making a difference by becoming knowledgeable about philanthropy and exploring ways to promote Tikkun Olam ("repairing the world"). Through joint learning about grant making and philanthropy, the Seed Council has an opportunity to gain skills in identifying needs in the community, learn about ways to support nonprofit organizations and engage in individual and group philanthropy.  The Seed Council also grapples with questions such as: (1) What is the difference between charity and social change; and (2) What is "Jewish" giving?

The first Council cohort convened from 2008 - 2010.  In 2009, Council members made individual allocations in the amount of $28,880 to more than 20 organizations supporting organizations in their areas of interest. In 2010, they allocated $36,000 to the following organizations as part of a group grant making process: American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Women for Women International and the Welfare Rights Organization. Following their two years in the Seed Council, these members were offered a challenge grant of up to $1,8000 each to support organizations working for Tikkun Olam.  Click here to see a list of organizations supported by the first cohort