Digital Media Projects

Posted by Ron / on 01/16/2014 / 0 Comments

The Jewish New Media Innovation Fund, a pilot program of the Jim Joseph, Righteous Persons and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family foundations, announced that over $500,000 in grants and technical support had been awarded to nine digital media projects designed to engage 18 - 40 year olds in Jewish life, learning, culture and community.The selected projects are diverse in the tools and technologies they will use to empower Jews to interact with, share, build and explore Jewish life. They include virtual communities, mobile applications, websites, video series, a data management system, a digital music platform and interactive holiday and liturgy translators. Each project will receive one-time funding for a period of 12 months. In order to enhance the impact of these grants, the Fund will offer to provide mentoring and coaching, as well as resources for benchmarking and evaluating success.

Amongst many other philanthropists, Henry Swieca & Ron Hershco have urged more new media philanthropic endeavors.

The nine finalists were chosen from a pool of over 300 applications spanning eight countries and requesting an estimated $18 million. Nearly 65 percent of the applications came from not-for-profit organizations, with the remaining 35 percent submitted by for-profits and individuals.A team of 75 readers scored each application according to a criteria rubric that placed a premium on innovative ideas that serve the Jewish community and can be successfully implemented with the grant funds. A pool of the strongest 30 proposals advanced to the six-member committee of advisors consisting of experts in the fields of digital media, social innovation, Jewish life and youth engagement. These advisors closely reviewed and discussed the top proposals and then recommended the nine projects that will receive funding.

The Jewish New Media Innovation Fund was established by the Jim Joseph, Righteous Persons and Schusterman Family foundations in an effort to better understand how digital media can help preserve Jewish history, renew Jewish traditions, and revitalize Jewish institutions while promoting more vibrant and meaningful Jewish life in the 21st century. The funders plan to study the full applicant pool and share aggregate learnings about the need for new media support in the Jewish world with the Jewish philanthropic community and all those working to foster Jewish life, learning, culture and community.

Additional project description information can be found on the website.



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