Apply for an OJCYF Grant
The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation (OJCYF) is now accepting applications for grants. The Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation gives priority to projects addressing needs in the areas of Jewish and/or secular art and culture, community development, education, health, social welfare, elder care, human rights, homelessness, teen runaways and/or any other special events that: Are in accordance with the mission of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
- Promote Jewish and/or secular art, culture, education, health, social welfare or community development
- Promote general culture, education, health, social welfare or community development
- Represent an innovative, start-up effort
- Are capital in nature, i.e. construction, renovation, equipment
- Promote collaboration among qualified organizations without duplicating services
- Serve a broad segment of the community
OJCYF generally does not support fundraisers, endowment development or debt reduction, individual scholarships, private foundations, political projects, or other “cause-related” programs.
The deadline for proposals is April 19, 2013. All applications must be received in the OJCF office no later than April 19, 2013 to receive consideration. The OJCYF Board will meet in May to vote on awards, and disbursements should be made by the end of July 2013.
Please direct questions to Executive Director, Julie Diamond at 503-248-9328.
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OJCYF Accepting Members for Season 10
The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation is pleased to announce the tenth annual session of the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation. Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation is looking for high-school students (grades 9-12) who have a knowledge of and appreciation for tzedakah demonstrated by active involvement in synagogue, youth group, or community-wide social action projects.
Applicants should be mature and articulate as they will be interviewing prospective grantees from the community and be willing to fund raise and contribute $100 of their own money (from friends, family and other sources).
There is also a $54 program fee payable with the application to help offset administrative expenses of the program (we will not deposit this fee until you have been formally accepted into the program).
Students must be able to commit to attend 9 monthly meetings plus an event in May and one or two organizational site visits. View the schedule here.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Click here to apply!
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OJCYF 2012-2013 Schedule
OJCYF Meeting Dates for 2012-2013
All meetings are scheduled on Sundays at Cedar Sinai Park, 6125 SW Boundary Street, Portland, OR 97221 in the Brown Activity Room from 2 to 6 PM.
- September 9, 2012
- October 14, 2012
- November 11, 2012
- December 9, 2012
- January 13, 2013
- February 10, 2013
- March 10, 2013
- April 14, 2013
- May 2, 2013 - OJCYF Annual Benefit Dinner
- May 19, 2012 - Final Allocations Meeting
If you have any questions, please call Julie Diamond at (503) 248-9328. Many thanks to Cedar Sinai Park for providing the meeting space for OJCYF’s meetings!
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Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation
“I see myself as a leader because…. OJCYF has given me the opportunity to be a leader. The opportunity OJCYF has presented allows me to test my skills and use my abilities to help the Jewish community.” - Danielle Spring, Senior, 4th year in OJCYF
Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation (OJCYF) is a program designed to secure the future of Jewish philanthropy and to develop a strong generation of future Jewish leaders. Students experience what it is like to serve on a board and experience the challenges and rewards of philanthropy.
OJCYF is special in that it fully entrusts the decision-making of how the money they’ve raised will be spent to its teen members. Every dollar raised goes back into the community. In 2008, OJCYF was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon and SW Washington Chapter as the most outstanding innovative philanthropy project in Oregon.
“I have been very proud of the personal work that I have been able to do through OJCYF but even more proud of the accomplishments we have made as a group.” - Michael Brock, Junior, 3rd year in OJCYF
Requirements of this program include:
- 9th through 12th graders
- $54 programming fee (charged upon formal acceptance)
- $100.00 minimum contribution (can be raised from friends or family) which will be allocated to community organizations
- participation in monthly meetings, site visits, fundraising and obtaining sponsorships