The 2020-2021 school year has brought great uncertainty for high school students. At a time when keeping students engaged and focused on their futures is more challenging than ever, one Jewish philanthropic organization is putting teens on a path to success by providing a platform for them to hone leadership skills and affect positive change in their communities.
Launched in 2006 by the Jewish Funders Network, Honeycomb, formerly Jewish Teen Funders Network, introduces teens to collective philanthropy and teaches them to become lifelong philanthropists. The new name “Honeycomb” represents the interlocking elements of group philanthropy experiences and the richness — both in impact and in meaning — that comes from those experiences. Honey itself also carries special symbolism in Jewish traditions and stories.
Honeycomb partners with more than 100 programs and organizations internationally, such as synagogues, summer camps, day schools and social service agencies and more, and provides them with training, programmatic resources, one-on-one guidance and ongoing technical support to launch their own teen giving circles. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Honeycomb provided its giving circle network with resources to bring their programs entirely online.
More than 2,000 teen philanthropists-in-training participate in Honeycomb giving circles each year, learning how to make an impact on the world through the lens of Jewish values.
Read the full giving circle spotlight on Honeycomb, formerly Jewish Teen Funders Network, at Giving Compass.
Ilyasah N Shabazz
For more than a decade, Ilyasah has worked with nonprofits to help them grow their audience by telling impactful stories, implementing strategic plans, and streamlining digital communications. A proud New Yorker, Ilyasah now lives in Greensboro, NC.