Over the course of six months, a diverse group of 12 professionals from across Jewish affiliations in the Charleston area came together to invest their own dollars into the Charleston Jewish Community. As the second cohort of Charleston Jewish Federation's NAGID 360 leadership development program, they were tasked with developing a mission statement, issuing a proposal request from local agencies, and then making the difficult decision to determine where those dollars would go.
After building consensus on shared Jewish values and vision for the Charleston Jewish community, they prioritized issues of personal importance in order to develop the following mission statement for their giving circle:
NAGID 360 is a cohort of Charleston Jewish Professionals aimed at inspiring and growing Jewish culture and heritage through programs focused on Holocaust remembrance, environmental sustainability, and education.
The young professionals received 11 grant requests from 10 local agencies and in the decision-making process had to negotiate, taking into account criteria that included: clarity of grant requests, focus on the NAGID 360 mission and opportunity to support as many organizations as possible while also making a difference.
The following organizations will receive funding from this granting opportunity:
Addlestone Hebrew Academy, Project Title: "Growing Gardens Grows Minds.” The funds will be used to continue to expand the school's urban farm and playground garden in "order to create a learning environment that will inspire our youth to make a commitment to environmental sustainability and Jewish heritage."
Brith Sholom Beth Israel (BSBI), Project Title: “LED Light Sustainability.” The funds will be used to replace current lighting fixtures and lights with LED fixtures and lights in order to become more environmentally conscious, increase safety with better lighting outside all over the campus and decrease costs for building management to increase funding available for programming.
Charleston Jewish Federation, Project Title: “REMEMBER Program for Holocaust Education and Genocide Awareness.” The funds will be used to support a Holocaust workshop for Charleston area teachers in 2018 to continue to bring the best resources and curriculum so that they can impact thousands of students in their classrooms.
Jewish Community Center Without Walls, Project Title: “Outreach Programming in Summerville and Mount Pleasant”. The funding will be used to continue their goal of cultivating increased Jewish programming in outlying and up and coming Charleston areas. "We are also interested in including the community at large in our programming when appropriate to increase community awareness of our local Jewish community and to create a sense of togetherness."
Charleston Jewish Family Services, Project Title: “Shalom Baby Jewish Value Cards and Content for Shalom Baby Bags.” The funds will be used to design and print cards and content with Jewish values to be used at regular play groups and gatherings for families with children under 18 months old.
The members of this second cohort of NAGID 360 are: