Giving doesn’t look like it used to. Our sense of community is evolving and expanding. We give globally as much as locally and the technology of giving has certainly gone beyond doling out coins.
Earlier this year, American Jewish World Service brought together talented designers nationwide to translate the concept of tzedakah - Judaism's imperative to give to those in need - into compelling, relevant design. The Where Do You Give? National Design Competition challenged designers, artists and conceptual thinkers to create a 21st century icon inspired by the values and imagery of the traditional tzedakah box that reflects our increasingly interconnected, global and technologically accelerated world.
Join us as we kick off a national exhibit of winning designs from the competition and celebrate a new movement toward thoughtful, imaginative and inspired giving.
$10 in advance / $12 day of event.
Rebecca Stone: Rebecca currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for Encounter, overseeing fundraising, communications and VIP recruitment. Before joining Encounter, Rebecca spent three and a half years in major gifts fundraising at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), growing a portfolio from $300,000 to over $2 million. A graduate of Yeshiva University (YU), Rebecca received the Presidential Fellowship and spearheaded student-led social justice initiatives for both YU students and the modern Orthodox community at large. Rebecca served as co-chair of Limmud NY’s marketing committee and has served as the fundraising chair of AJWS’s Global Circle. Rebecca is currently enrolled in a three-year training to practice an integrated psychology and neuroscience-based approach to trauma healing and is passionate about philanthropy, social justice and peace building.
Karen Pittelman: Karen Pittelman is the author of Resource Generation’s Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It For Social Change and co-author of Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy. In 1999, at the age of 25, she dissolved her $3 million trust fund to co-found the Chahara Foundation, a fund run by and for low-income women activists in Boston. She’s been organizing people with class privilege ever since. She lives in Brooklyn where she works as a writer and a writing coach, and sings with her country band Karen & The Sorrows.
Ryan Clifford: Ryan Clifford served as a judge for the Where Do You Give? National Design Competition. Ryan Clifford teaches in MICA’s undergraduate Graphic Design program, is Faculty Director of the MICA Design Coalition and is graduate faculty in the Master of Arts in Social Design program. He serves as the Associate Director of MICA’s Center for Design Practice, a multi-disciplinary studio dedicated to preparing the next generation of design leaders through socially conscious projects using design to translate ideas into tangible outcomes with the goal of changing behaviors and making a positive impact on society. He is an advisor for Project M, an international social design initiative which is committed to helping young designers use their skills to create positive change in the world. His work has been recognized by the National Paperbox Association and the Rochester Advertising Foundation and in the following publications: How International Design Annual, Print Regional Design Annual and the book Indie Publishing.
Facilitator, Sasha Feldstein: Sasha Feldstein works in the department of education and community engagement at American Jewish World Service and is the project manager for Where Do You Give? Prior to working at AJWS, she participated in AJWS’s Volunteer Corps by living and volunteering with Heshima Kenya in Nairobi.