The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen Giving Circle recently allocated $27,000 to local, national and Israeli programs.

Out of more than 35 applications, the giving circle selected programs based on their impact among young Jews, according to a press release from the Federation.

New this year is a $12,000 award for One Happy Camper, a program that provides incentive grants for first-time campers to attend Jewish summer camp. The grant will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Foundation for Jewish Camp through an incentive grant.

“While we continued our support of multiple organizations, we felt compelled to strengthen Jewish life by giving children who would otherwise be unable to attend Jewish summer camp,” said Ben Ellis, giving circle member, in a press release. “By creating relationships and memories they will carry for the rest of their lives, we have a greater positive impact on the next Jewish generation.” Other grants include:

• $4,000 to Machshava Tova in Israel to help women gain the skills necessary to join technology industry in Israel;

• $200 per couple up to $5,000 for all new couples who attend programs and become engaged in the jLive Jewlyweds program run by Risa Brumer of Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC);

• $3,000 for The Friendship Circle’s new Jewish Experiential Learning Program for adults with developmental disabilities; and

• $3,000 to fund the Council For Jews With Special Needs prom. “We are thrilled and grateful to be awarded a NowGen grant for the second year in a row,” said Amy Hummell, executive director of CJSN, in the release. “This grant will help us engage more young adults with disabilities and provide a fun and meaningful experience for them. It will be one heck of a dance!”

The NowGen Giving Circle is made up of 11 young Jewish adults who want to give in a meaningful way. Members contribute a minimum of $500 and meet monthly. The Federation provides funding and guidance to the circle.

For more details about the NowGen Giving Circle, contact Erin Searle,