2018-01-17 / Federation

Form teams as excitement builds for Year 2

The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey is excited to launch our second Community Shark Tank initiative. Shark Tank is designed to foster collaboration and leverage synergies in our community while addressing needs in an innovative and creative manner. Following the successful funding of four projects last year, we hope to continue bringing our community together to be the change.

Community members are encouraged to work together in teams to develop an exciting and impactful pilot project addressing the five areas of impact as identified in our Population Study: Older Adults, Special Needs, Global Connection, Community Engagement, and Family & Youth. Teams must have a delegate from at least one of the following: Federation agency, synagogue, Jewish organization, or Jewish day school. Projects may be funded up to $25,000. Local philanthropists act as “sharks,” contributing their own money, and will ultimately determine which projects are funded.

Guidelines for the event can be viewed online at jewishsouthjersey.org/sharktank. The process entails submitting a written project abstract by Feb. 23 to be reviewed by peers in the Jewish community, as well as local entrepreneurs. Projects that meet all requirements will be asked to participate in the live event, where the Sharks will determine which projects to fund. The event is free and open to the entire community.

Teams will be notified on Mar. 9 if they have been selected to participate in the live event, which takes place on May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Katz JCC.

There will also be a Shark Tank, Jr. opportunity this year for local teens to pitch their ideas to be funded by fellow teens.

Please be advised: This is a competition, so not all proposed programming will receive funding.

If you are interested in participating as a team or as a shark, visit our website at jewishsouthjersey.org/sharktank or email sharktank@jfedsnj.org

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