Slingshot’s mission is to strengthen innovation in Jewish life by developing next-generation funders and providing resources to leverage impact in the Jewish community. Our signature product, Slingshot: A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, is a Zagat-style guidebook first created in 2005 to help next generation funders and volunteers find organizations in the alphabet soup of the Jewish community that resonate with their lives. Slingshot highlights the 50 most innovative nonprofits in North American Jewish life each year.
Slingshot also organizes a collective giving fund for next generation funders to support Jewish organizations that resonate with their generation. The Slingshot Fund exposes its members to a professional grant-making process. While many come from families involved in philanthropy, most have yet to review grant proposals, conduct site visits, and make allocation decisions. In conjunction with a group of their peers, Slingshot offers them the opportunity to develop those skills and learn from experts in the field while leveraging their small gifts into a significant grant pool.
With the addition of the Program Director, Slingshot will expand the number of members of the Slingshot Fund as well as launch additional programs to engage next generation funders in Jewish life and leadership positions.