The Women’s Giving Circle’s mission is to help women and children in need in Israel and around the world.
(Sarasota, FL) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee recently launched a drive to generate support for the Women’s Giving Circle, a new fundraising initiative (called “Ma’agal Nashim” in Hebrew). The Women’s Giving Circle’s mission is truly global in scope: offering help to women and children in need in Israel and around the world.
The origins of this new initiative are personal. Last year, Ros Mazur, a Jewish Federation board member and co-chair of the organization’s women’s division, visited a community of at-risk women and children in Odessa, Ukraine. Mazur was deeply moved by their needs and vowed to help. Her goal? To find a way to make her dollars count to provide support for these—and other— women and children in need.
When Mazur returned to Sarasota, she related her experience to Karen Bernstein, an active Federation participant and philanthropist. They put their heads together and came up with a concept based on the grassroots movement of giving circles, initiatives that bring women and other affinity groups together who share common philanthropic goals to benefit communal needs. They put a plan into action and the Women’s Giving Circle was born.
To bring together like-minded women who provide opportunities for donors to support programs that enhance the lives of women and children in Israel and around the world.
According to Mazur, the group’s intention is to give back by strengthening the lives of others. She defines the Women’s Giving Circle as, “a place for women to explore how we can make a difference and discover how our leadership and philanthropic passions can build a stronger world for women and children. As a group we’ll find the causes that stir our hearts and then devise plans of action to help.”
Mazur understands that her group won’t be able to help every needy woman or child in the world. Even so, “we are committed to helping as many people as we can,” she says. “As anyone who reads the paper or watches the news knows, the need is greater now than ever.”
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.