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Philanthropy Boot Camp - The Day I Saw The Big Bean

Posted on 07/25/2013 @ 08:00 PM

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Yesterday, Wednesday July 25, Impact: Chicago departed to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago on  the metra. After eating some lunch we all broke up into teams and went off for a scavenger hunt in the park looking for famous landmarks Such as the Bean, fountain, pavilion, theater, gardens and more! Through this activity we learned about different foundations who pay for these attractions to be built.

Next, we headed to philanthropy boot camp at the JUF.  There we learned the difference between philanthropy and fundraising. What foundations and grants are and how non profits can receive the grants. One of our activities we participated we had to all walk around and look at quotes and then decide which one we thought was most important about Judaic values and then based on the quote we would make a foundation that funds certain organizations. After that, we as foundations walked around the room looking at different organizations that had applied for grants and would decide (based on our grant guidelines)  who we would and wouldn't fund. This was a very interesting simulation because we learned what it would be like to be a foundation, creating guidelines, and lastly having to chose what organizations were most important to us and resonated to our guidelines.

Overall, it was a great day and I learned a lot about philanthropy.

Sarah Resnick

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