For years, Jewish social entrepreneurs and their ventures have been fueling a renaissance in Jewish life. From creative afterschool programs to chapters of Muslim and Jewish women fighting hate together, the 100+ organizations in the UpStart Venture Network have been on the front lines of making our community more just, vibrant, and inclusive. These ventures are sometimes the only connection point to Jewish life for individuals seeking alternatives to more traditional offerings.
These ventures currently face unprecedented challenges as they navigate the new realities of lost revenue and financial uncertainty. We’re at risk of not just losing these ventures, but the incredible progress they’ve made for Jewish life.
UpStart is building their resiliency so they can not just survive the days ahead, but thrive into the future.
We launched the Jewish Innovator Payroll Relief Fund to protect these leaders’ employment and health care coverage for 90 days, until we learn more about the potential impact of the financial crisis. This fund will create bandwidth for ventures to plan and forecast for the future while keeping their workforces whole.
We’re grateful to funders on the UpStart Philanthropic Advisory Council, several generous donors, and UpStart Board members who have already contributed more than $600,000 toward our $1.25M goal. In week one, we distributed the first round of funding to seven of the most needy organizations with a plan to continue distributions through May 1, 2020. 100% of all donations will go to the Jewish Innovator Payroll Relief Fund.
We welcome your contribution, no matter how big or small, in helping these pioneering ventures thrive.Donate
Or, reach out to UpStart’s Chief Development Officer, Stacye Zeisler or Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Katler.
UpStart is a 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.