Why are younger Jews not donating as much as their parents’ generation?

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It’s a trend extending beyond Jewry, beyond Canada, but persists in our nation nonetheless: younger people are donating less than their parents’ generation, and when they do get involved in philanthropy, they’re doing it differently. Several Jewish organizations have taken up the mantle to try and engage younger donors, and this week, an episode of The CJN Daily spotlit the recent Canadian expansion of the Jewish Future Pledge, which aims to get Jews to promise a certain percentage of charitable donations in their wills to Jewish causes.

To better understand the realities of giving Jewishly, we’re joined by two organizers in the space: Mark Silberman is the chair of the Jewish Future Pledge in Atlanta, and Danielle Segal is the program director for Honeycomb, a resource for Jewish youth philanthropy.

Plus, recurring guest David Koffman speaks about the life and impact of the late Irving Abella, who passed away this week, and our weekly nachas segment gives a shout-out the Jewish connections to the new Minions movie.

What we talked about


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