We Empower Changemakers
We stand up for our innovators and recognize the huge amounts of courage it takes to pursue their ideas and make a difference. Learning from failure is equally important as celebrating victories.
Our ecosystem of creators actively work together as we offer guidance and resources to bring their ideas to life. From mentorship to education, we connect and equip grantees for viability and success.
Impactful ideas take time, concentration, and adaptability. We provide the space and support necessary to empower our grantees to take measured steps in the right direction toward success.
The Atlanta Jewish Federation’s Innovation Initiative was born of the enterprising spirit which runs through our Jewish community in an effort to encourage and nurture creative progress in our city and beyond. We are a community idea accelerator created to offer guidance, connections, and resources for our city’s Jewish changemakers from start-ups to legacy organizations. Through mentorship, funding opportunities, and an ever-growing network of Atlantans committed to progress, we’re giving life to our community’s brightest ideas and propelling a movement of Jewish invention and creativity.
We exist to motivate and empower those with ambitious dreams and help turn them into realities with the potential for long-lasting community impact. We’re building a thriving ecosystem of dynamic thinkers and doers.
Innovation is more than a buzzword; it’s a mindset of courage and progress deeply embedded in everything we do.
What is an Innovator?
What is an innovator? Many perceive the big idea of innovation as a one-in-a-million thinker producing new inventions which change the world. Da Vinci. Edison. Jobs.
Yes, those innovators impacted the world in major ways. But, we believe the potential for innovation exists all over. It’s simply waiting to be recognized.
We see innovation in the willingness to ask “what if?”. In the ability to take a step back and gain a new perspective for greater efficiencies. In ideas that impact gradual change in the community, and others that change the world.
Our mission is to provide guidance, connection, and resources for Atlanta’s future-thinking Jewish community to bring their brightest ideas to fruition in the name of progress.
Our vision is to create a lasting impact in Atlanta’s Jewish community by fostering a culture of invention, creativity, and progress which ripples through our city and beyond.
We are fired up by the talent and wisdom that already resides in our community, and we love what happens when generations come together to share their life experiences. Wisdom Pairings, our mentorship community, brings people together for meaningful conversations that can blossom into ongoing relationships. We know that when someone else understands your idea, and can help enable it, your spark can become a fire! And we’re proud that Wisdom Pairings has helped people take bold personal steps forward, broaden their skillsets and find new career paths.
We are also grant makers, providing different levels of funding to help new ideas take flight.
Federation Innovation is shaped and steered by a fascinating and eclectic group of people who are all high-level thinkers, doers, and innovators themselves! We’re always looking for people who might want to share their time and talent with us.
Federation Innovation Think Tanks support the core areas of our impact:
– IGNITE members evaluate grant applications and interview changemakers to help us determine early-stage grant funding.
– GROW members support personal skill building and community connections through direct mentorship.
– CELEBRATE members elevate and amplify our team’s storytelling.