Funding Target

$ 50,000

758 people attending Jumpstart events in 2018

51% increase in dollars donated to JCA from people under 40

Doubled the number of engaged young people from less than 10% of the community in this age-group to 20%

A new way to engage younger people in our community, using innovative initiatives to create a connection in our next generation.

In 2015 JCA noticed that the average age of a donor to JCA was 64 years old. Less than 10% of adults in the community under the age of 40 engaged with or donated to the JCA community network. Without an intervention, the situation was undesirable and unsustainable.

Jumpstart was established – a fresh approach to engage with young people and change their perceptions about JCA, the community and the role every young person has in ensuring continued vibrancy of the Jewish community.

Funding to date has been provided by The Giving Forum and individuals in the community, but with great results, great growth is possible.

Jumpstart introduced a range of initiatives to appeal to this segment of the
community, including:

Jumpstart Innovation Hub – a co-working space for Jewish entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs to work and exchange ideas and obtain advice and mentoring.

Jumpstart annual ‘Shark Tank’ pitch event – where new social ideas benefiting the community can pitch and win grants.

Jumpstart Volunteer – matching organisations in the community network looking for skilled volunteers with those in the community willing to donate their time.

Millennials – events and engagement with the younger end of the Jumpstart demographic.

Young Major Donors – fostering relationships and growing the numbers of Young Major Donors and securing their attendance at the annual Campaign.

Jumpstart Junior – a soon-to-launch program to engage with young families to create a social conscience for children.

Jumpstart focuses on innovative initiatives that build social, entrepreneurial and philanthropic connections between individuals and across community.

The younger generation through vibrant, active engagement in the Jewish community and the community as a whole through the cultivation of future leaders and next-generation donors.


Jumpstart is JCA’s newest start-up, aimed at engaging the next generation with JCA (both in terms of engagement and fundraising). A dedicated team of volunteers together with the Jumpstart Co-chairs, Jonathan Baruch and Ben Levi, and the JCA office, work together to ensure Jumpstart is meeting the needs of the next generation.

Founding Year



Stephen Chipkin, JCA President


Jonathan Barouch & Ben Levi