about AJF

Who We Are

The Australian Jewish Funders (AJF) is a network of mindful funders who believe that greater impact can be achieved collectively. Driven by Jewish values, the AJF aims to provide a space to enhance and nurture strategic philanthropy, explore philanthropic best practice and encourage innovation amongst like-minded funders, inspiring members to have a greater impact on the Jewish community, wider Australian society and the world.

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Our History

The AJF was established in 2006 to provide a forum for members to enhance the understanding, quality and effectiveness of their philanthropy.  With what started out as a small group of funders coming together to share philanthropic techniques, funding interests and Jewish values, the AJF is now a large, innovative and empowered network stepping up as agents of change and leaders in the Australian Jewish community.

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Our Members

The Australian Jewish Funders is a member-based organisation, where all funders, regardless of scale, unite for greater impact. Members of the Australian Jewish Funders are committed to the sector of philanthropy, both Jewish and secular, and believe that meaningful change can be achieved collectively. The AJF welcomes members from all across Australia.

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To become a centre for Jewish philanthropy excellence

To grow AJF membership, increase our focus on networking and collaboration, develop top-quality philanthropic enterprise, and ultimately make the AJF a pivotal organisation where funders discuss major societal issues and challenges and address them.
2

To create a strong future for the Australian Jewish community and wider society

To be a vector of change in the local community, empowering our network to strengthen both the wider society and the Australian Jewish community in exciting and innovative ways. We want to encourage and support the igniting of passion and power to create positive change by harnessing our time, treasure and talents.

Our Values

Jewish giving is driven by an individual’s Jewish values and their Jewish identity. For the AJF, Jewish tradition, ethics and values are at the heart of everything we strive to achieve.

Tikkun Olam – Repair the World

As Jews, we have a strong responsibility to work collaboratively towards a better world. Key to this is having the courage to take strategic risks and the willingness to make ethical decisions.

Tzedakah – Jewish Obligation to Help Others

Tzedakah incorporates the Jewish ideals of righteousness, justice and fairness. These ideas are at the core of our activities.

Areyvut – Responsibility and Partnership

Areyvut is the responsibility to strengthen the Jewish world and Jewish people. We encourage collaboration and partnership both within the AJF network, and between the wider community to mutually realise this goal.

Limmud – Learning

The Australian Jewish Funders value and welcome new information, lessons and ways of operating, and believe that learning is essential in continuing to develop strategic philanthropy and community capacity building.

Our Tools

In order to fulfil our mission and vision, the AJF strives to facilitate connections among like-minded partners, mobilise the power of the collective and provide a forum to discuss the Big Questions and tackle the Big Challenges facing the global Jewish community, Israel, Australia and the world. We believe that doing this involves three pillars:

01. Innovation

Through funding innovation, we can create unimagined opportunities for the Australian Jewish community and wider society. We encourage our members to take calculated funding risks on projects that use something new, or something known, but in a different way, different time or different place.

02. Collaboration

We recognise that many issues facing local and global communities are too big for one funder to take on alone – with a shared vision and resources we can increase impact. The AJF is taking an active role in building collaboration amongst our networks in Australia and leading international organisations, providing a space where larger foundations can leverage their size and smaller families and individuals can connect for greater success.

03. Leadership

As a network of committed and mindful funders, we strive to be vectors of change by embodying strong and courageous leadership. We believe that this can be done by creating a culture of common action, learning, and sharing, and by challenging the status quo of Jewish philanthropy, being bold and taking risks.