Tzedakah derives from the Hebrew word for justice, rather than charity (a word which itself comes from the Latin and Greek terms for voluntary love). Judaism sees donating money as a powerful and necessary act, an act of justice. Money given through tzedakah enables important justice work to take place, including the grants AJWS makes to grassroots NGOs in the developing world.
By raising money for AJWS, you support this grantmaking and connect others with the work of AJWS and offer them a powerful opportunity to act as global citizens.
Examples of past AJWS volunteers' projects:
- An Alternative Breaks group from Johns Hopkins University sold Equal Exchange coffee outside the campus library during finals, educated their campus about fair trade and at the same time raising money for AJWS.
- Brenda, an alumna of Volunteer Summer, set up an AJWS personal fundraising page online after her service program and raised several hundred dollars.
- A group of AJWS alumni in San Francisco organized a salsa party fundraiser to highlight their work in Latin America that became a yearly event in their community of young, socially engaged Jews.
Resources for your project:
- AJWS Fundraising Guide (For fundraising ideas, including tips for successful fundraising and ways to solve common mistakes)
- AJWS Talking Points
- "The Ten Most Important Things You Can Know About Fundraising," by Kim Klein
- "Money, Happiness, Social Justice, and the Future," by Sonya Garcia-Ulibarri
- "Fundraising Self Assessment Tool," by Stephanie Roth and Kim Klein
- How to organize a fundraiser event