30 YEARS AFTER NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS IN LOS ANGELES
Slingshot Guide Highlights the Best of the Thriving Jewish Nonprofit World
30 YEARS AFTER has been named one of 26 innovative Jewish organizations in Los Angeles in one of two supplemental editions to the Slingshot Guide. The Guide has become a go-to resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving. The twelfth annual guide, Slingshot 2017 was released today. The supplements are each focused on a specific issue or regional area and were released today alongside Slingshot 2017. This supplement, along with one highlighting organizations in the Bay Area, will help further expand the ability of the selected organizations to carry out their missions, as well as expand the resources available to volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving.
30 YEARS AFTER was selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by nearly 100 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life. Organizations included in this year’s Los Angeles edition were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. 30 YEARS AFTER is proud to be among the 26 organizations in Los Angeles honored for meeting those standards.
The organizations included in the Guide are driving the future of Jewish life and engagement by motivating new audiences to participate in their work and responding to the needs of individuals and communities – both within and beyond the Jewish community – as never before.
This year, for the first time, organizations were asked to apply based on where they are in their life cycle: start-up, mezzanine or legacy. Applications and evaluation s were tailored to life cycle, giving organizations a greater context to share their work within an ever-expanding ecosystem. Presented this way, Slingshot also aims to set expectations within the field for what innovation looks like at each life stage.
“30 YEARS AFTER is proud to be among the 26 organizations included in this brand new edition,” said the Executive Director. “The organizations included in Slingshot’s Los Angeles edition represent the array of ways that Jewish life in Los Angeles is thriving and inspirational. 30 YEARS AFTER is thankful that Slingshot has chosen to highlight the amazing work of organizations in Los Angeles as it expands the scope of its Guide, and we are honored to be part of the community of innovative organizations that have benefited from the Slingshot Guide over the last 12 years.”
Added Stefanie Rhodes, Executive Director of Slingshot, which publishes the Guide each year,
“Slingshot’s work is to help Jews find, fund and connect to meaningful, exciting experiences in Jewish life. After 12 years, the book remains relevant in a changing world because we continue to highlight organizations doing exceptional work, serving as the trailblazers for what is possible, meeting the community’s evolving needs and inspiring all of us. This year we’ve added a new resource to the field by outlining our new process for evaluation, which includes criteria for various life stages. Whether we look to the guide for funding ideas, best practices or trends in Jewish life, it remains a resource for all of us, providing new tools and optimism for our collective future. We would like to thank our generous partners for helping support the Los Angeles Edition of Slingshot ’17 – Courtney Mizel, Alexandra Shabtai of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Philanthropies, Simone Friedman of the Emmanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.”
Sarah Reuven, Slingshot board chair, agreed, "We are excited to share our new methodology, a momentous step forward for Slingshot. It is clear that innovation is a critical component of today’s Jewish community and embracing organizational life cycles will be important for all of us as we seek to support and sustain Jewish innovation. Slingshot is highlighting the work of organizations that strengthen Jewish life by rising to the challenges of the day and making our community more relevant to our generation. We are inspired by projects that help people connect to Jewish life in ways that both feel both fresh and relevant, while honoring our traditions. With our new framework, the twelfth edition of Slingshot becomes the most compelling guide yet. Readers will learn about valuable new projects and gain a deeper insight into the emerging needs in Jewish life, as identified by our community's top leaders.”
Being listed in the Guide is often a critical step for selected organizations to attain much needed additional funding and to expand the reach of their work. Selected organizations are eligible for grants from the Slingshot Fund, a peer-giving network of young donors with an eye for identifying, highlighting and advancing causes that resonate the most with the next generation of philanthropists. Furthermore, the Guide is a frequently used resource for donors seeking to support organizations transforming the world in novel and interesting ways.
About the Slingshot Guide
The Slingshot Guide, now in its twelfth year, was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs and projects in North America. The Guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character. The Slingshot Guide has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America's Jewish community – and how nonprofits are meeting new needs and reaching new audiences. The book, published annually, is available in hard copy and as a free download at www.slingshotfund.org.