Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Project Impact Allocations Class of 2017

Every year Davis Academy 7th graders participate in a special program called, "Project Impact." Using a pool of funds from their parents, the students create a philanthropic organization with the purpose of giving tzedakah to organizations that they find worthy, responsible and inspiring. Historically they have selected one local, one national, and one Israel organization each year.

After studying Jewish teachings on tzedekah and tikkun olam, debating difficult questions about how to determine which causes to support, learning how to vet organizations to ensure that they are fiscally and ethically responsible, and then advocating for various organizations students finally vote and make their allocations. While the dollar amount fluctuates from year to year, each recipient organization typically receives approximately $2,000. For some organizations, particularly those in Israel, these allocations are the largest they receive in a calendar year and, in some cases, they literally keep the organizations alive. 

The Davis Academy Class of 2017 made their allocations to the following organizations:

State/ National: Make a Wish

These worthy organizations join a growing list of Project Impact Recipients that includes:

A Package from Home, Africa Aids Action, Alex's Lemonade Stand, The Alzheimer Association, American Cancer Society, American friends of the IDF, American Heart Association, American Read Cross, AMIT Community School, Atlanta Humane Society, Bert's Big Adventure, Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta, BRACA, Camp Twin Lakes, Canine Assistants, Chai Lifeline, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Community Assistance Center, Crohns & Colitis Foundation, Cure Autism Now, Foster Care Support Foundation, Fragile Kids Foundation, Georgia Transplant Foundation, Habima Theater, Heifer International, Help Center for Law, H.E.R.O for Children, Hope Lodge, Inner Harbour Youth Village, Intrepid Fallen Hero, Jewish National Fund, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lev Lalev Girls Orphanage, Love 146, The Margot Flamini Memorial Fund, Mary Hall Freedom House, Must Ministries, National Brain Tumor Society, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Orleans Habitat for Humanity, One Family Fund, Paws Atlanta, Punch Out Breast Cancer, Sheltering Arms, St Jude's Children's Hospital, Cradle of Love Georgia Adoption Services, The Drake House, The Genesis Shelter, The Israeli Sports Center for the Disabled, The Zaban Night Shelter, and The Will to Live Foundation. 

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