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Jewish Innovation Fund

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.

Federation Innovation By The Numbers

Over $1.5 Million

INVESTED IN COMMUNITY INNOVATION GRANTS OVER 5 YEARS

Additional $72K

WENT TO 31 DIFFERENT AGENCIES IN FY23 FUNDING PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT JUSTIC, EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION.

17 Out of 22

ORGANIZATIONS IN THE FY24 COHORT ARE FOUNDED OR LED BY WOMEN

We Empower Changemakers

Courage

We stand up for our innovators and recognize the courage it takes to pursue their ideas and make a difference. Learning from failure is as equally important as celebrating victories.

Progress

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.

Connectivity

Our ecosystem of creators actively works 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.

About Federation Innovation

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

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 that 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.

Want to learn more?

Email Samantha Kurgan at [email protected] with any questions or comments.

Innovation Advisory Committee

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.

Jill Herskovits Bernstein

Jeremy Borak

Matthew Borenstein

Susan Cohen

Dori Rossetti

Dana Rachel Neiger

Keith Pepper

Daniel Gomez

Amy Zeide

Josh Feingold

Mark Rothberg

Evan Shapiro

Ryan Silberman

Mitch Skyler

Erica Tritt

Phillip Ventimiglia

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