The Giving Forum

The Giving Forum was established in December 2015 by a group of major local donors and their families. Its mission is to inspire philanthropy on a large scale and provide an enduring funding platform to guarantee the local Jewish community’s financial security and growth over the next century.

With such strongly aligned visions, JCA and The Giving Forum have formed a cohesive strategic partnership. JCA’ s co-ordinated approach to fundraising, engagement and the allocation of resources along with the strategic planning guidance it offers the community, is well coupled with the energy and passion emanating from The Giving Forum in its quest to change the face of philanthropy within our local community.

2016 saw the launch of a number of exciting JCA initiatives. Realising that the future of our community is dependent on us nurturing a future generation of community minded individuals and philanthropists, the JCA Jumpstart initiative was developed as an opportunity to engage with our younger generation, particularly the 25-39-year-old age group.

JCA looks forward to further developing its partnership with The Giving Forum through exciting and diverse new opportunities from which our community will benefit.

Australian Jewish Funders

The Australian Jewish Funders (AJF) is a network of mindful funders who believe that greater impact can be achieved collectively. Driven by Jewish values, the AJF aims to provide a space to enhance and nurture strategic philanthropy, explore philanthropic best practice and encourage innovation amongst like-minded funders, inspiring members to have a greater impact on the Jewish community, wider Australian society and the world.

JCA, Shalom and the ROI/Schusterman Foundation have partnered with AJF to bring the Launchpad program to Australia. In 2017 twenty social, innovators and change makers from NSW will attend a three retreat in Victoria enabling them to network, connect, think, create and lead, together with 50 other Jewish entrepreneurs from around Australia

AJF also assists in providing JCA with international Jewish communal insights through their strong collaborative association with the international Jewish Funders Network. This includes a recent roadshow of US east coasts Jewish communities and the programs they offer.

The Observership Program

The Observership Program facilitates the involvement of young talented members of our community to have a one-year structured experience on one of our community boards. During that time, Observers attend all board and/or committee meetings as non-voting members and gain first-hand exposure to the role of the board, its decision-making and operations. They are also given targeted training and mentorship designed to give them important skills to bring to the boardroom and, to our community. The program was launched in 2012 in partnership with JCA and our constituent members. JCA continues to remain a strategic partner of the Observership program.

Monash University – Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC)

The ACJC is an interdisciplinary centre that sits within the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SOPHIS) in the Faculty of Arts. JCA has successfully partnered with Monash in the delivery of the Gen08 reports and the Key findings from the 2011 Census reports and is currently involved with the Gen17 – Australia’s Jewish community survey.

Youth to Israel

Youth 2 Israel (Y2i) grants $5,000 vouchers to Year 10 students from NSW, ACT and QLD to make participation in approved Israel-based educational programs, affordable. These Israel experiences of five weeks’ duration or longer are a life-changing journey of Jewish identity. Y2i is fostering the continuity of our local Jewish community. Y2i was born out of a JCA Planning report, and JCA is delighted to work in partnership with Y2i in continuing to foster our youth’s Jewish identity.