Get Involved

The Center for Jewish Philanthropy offers many ways to get involved and make an impact. Volunteer and make a difference in someone's life. Join an affinity group to network with others. Be a changemaker through Board or Committee service. Attend social and education programs. Hone your leadership skills. Strengthen your Jewish identity. You can choose the one that’s right for you.

Board Committees

These committees are mandated in the CJP Bylaws. Participation in these committees is by invitation only from the CEO, Board Chair and/or Governance Chair. Interested parties will go through a vetting process prior to appointment.

Audit and Gift Acceptance Committee works in conjunction with CJP staff to select the Center’s independent auditor, review the auditor’s findings and ensure the findings are presented to the Board.

Community Impact Committee provides oversight for all grantmaking and fund allocation except for funds that are from designated endowments, donor advised funds, or other donor directed funds.

The Financial Resource Development Committee provides oversight and advice regarding all financial resource development campaigns and activities.

The Finance, Administration and Budget Committee has oversight and responsibility for general business and financial affairs, including preparation of annual budget and monitoring performance with respect to budget.

Nominating, Governance and Board Development Committee is responsible for nominating and screening candidates, developing and overseeing new Director orientation, Director leadership training, succession planning, and periodically reviewing and recommending updates to the Center’s and Members policies, procedures and bylaws.

Advisory Committees

Advisory committees are a group of volunteers who provide advice and support to the CJP staff and board of directors. They act as partners to the organization, representing the community and helping to achieve maximum impact.

Investment Committee oversees CJP’s investment objectives, defines the risk tolerance levels, sets performance benchmarks, and details the types of investments that are permissible. The committee has a fiduciary duty to ensure that our investments comply with all government regulations, are in the best interest of the beneficiaries of the funds and in are alignment with the mission of the organization.

Israel and Overseas Committee works closely with CJP staff to develop, implement, and oversee all Israel & Overseas programs and initiatives. The primary goal of the Israel and Overseas Committee is supporting Israel and Jewish communities abroad through a variety of programs and initiatives.

Inclusion Committee works closely with CJP staff to develop, implement, and oversee all inclusion initiatives of the CJP. The work of this committee includes providing insight and suggestions for inclusion-minded practices and programs of the organization.

Event Advisory Committee provides guidance and feedback on CJP major fundraising events including discussion on location, speakers, format and CJP annual award recipients.

Engagement Opportunities

Engagement is a key foundation of CJP’s strategy.
Our engagement goals are:

To serve as a catalyst and incubator for delivery of new, meaningful, and impactful programs that anticipate and respond to the immediate and longer-term needs of a thriving Jewish community.

Collaborate with community partners to identify, prioritize, respond to, and fund community needs.

Expand the organized Jewish community’s reach and inclusiveness, intentionally focusing on identifying and serving Jews who are unaffiliated, marginalized, or otherwise underrepresented in Jewish communal life.

Steward and engage individuals through programs that support their personal goals, values, and passions leading to a deeper connection and, when appropriate, becoming a donor.

Cultivate and develop leadership that represents and responds to the Jewish community as a whole.

Opportunities to Get Involved:

  • CJP Cares Day Committee
  • Community Events Advisory Committee
  • NowGen Committee
  • Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Shalom Phoenix Volunteer Corps
  • PJ Library Advisory Committee

Volunteer at one of our many community events:

  • Be a speaker at an event
  • Become a Leadership and Advancement Series Mentor

Shalom Phoenix Volunteer Corps

The goals of Shalom Phoenix are:

Create a welcoming and inclusive environment for new and under-engaged Jewish individuals.

Provide opportunities for new and under-engaged Jewish individuals to connect with other Jewish people and learn more about the Phoenix Jewish community.

Encourage under-engaged Jewish individuals to become more involved in the Phoenix Jewish community.

Increase awareness of Center for Jewish Philanthropy

Opportunities to Get Involved:

Participate in hands-on projects for various community engagement programs, donor cultivation activities such as thank you note writing, sending birthday cards, and making thank you calls as well as providing volunteer support at external Jewish agencies events.

Professional Advisory Network (PAN)

Exclusively for professional advisors in the estate planning sector and our esteemed nonprofit partners, PAN is your platform to build impactful relationships. Together, we’ll drive forward the philanthropic goals of the Jewish community, creating a legacy of generosity and support.

The Professional Advisory Network (PAN) is open to professional advisors in the estate planning community and CJP’s nonprofit partners. Our goal is to create meaningful relationships that will ultimately advance the philanthropy interests of the Jewish Community

Engaging networking events three times a year including both educational and social opportunities.

Opportunities to Get Involved:

  • Present a topic at a PAN Gathering
  • HOST A PAN Gathering at your office

Women IN Philanthropy

About WIP:

Women IN Philanthropy is a diverse group of women of all ages who share a common interest in Jewish life and making an impact in our community. Through events, speakers, networking and social opportunities and volunteer programs, there are numerous ways to get involved in a way that fits your life-stage or interests.

Opportunities to Get Involved:

  • Become a member of the WIP Board, chair an event or be a committee member
  • Volunteer at WIP Cares Day
  • Host an event at your home
  • Become an ambassador to connect other women to this dynamic group

NowGen and Ben Gurion Society (BGS)

About NowGen and Ben Gurion Society:

NowGen programs provide many different pathways for Jewish community members, ages 21- 45, to live out the shared value of building an enduring Jewish future in the Greater Phoenix area and around the world.

BGS is a national giving society for young leaders, ages 25-45, who make an individual contribution of $1,000 or more.

Opportunities to Get Involved:

  • NowGen Committee
  • Event Committees
  • Participation in Programs such as Leadership Advancement Series, Ben Gurion Society, National Young Leadership Cabinet

National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC)

The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet (“Cabinet”) is the premier leadership training program of the Jewish philanthropic community for individuals ages 30-45 who make a $5,000 minimum annual gift to the CJP.

Cabinet educates, connects, and inspires current and future global leaders and philanthropists. Since its founding in 1963, NYL Cabinet has successfully trained individuals who lead at the highest levels of Jewish communal life. 

Grounded in Jewish values, Cabinet engages highly dedicated individuals who embody the values of humility, authenticity, and integrity.

Opportunities to Get Involved:

  • Local Cabinet Meetings and Events
  • National Retreat
  • International Study Mission
  • online learning

Business & Professionals (B&P) Network

Business & Professionals group is your gateway to forging powerful relationships with fellow Jewish professionals in the greater Phoenix area.

The Business & Professionals (B&P) Network strengthens relationships among Jewish professionals through education, networking, and communal philanthropic engagement.

Engaging networking events for professionals including both educational and social opportunities.

Personal development programs and continuing education for Jewish professionals.

Opportunities to Get Involved:

  • Local B&P speakers and events
  • B&P Committee

Other Ways to Get Involved

Lend us Your Expertise – Be a Speaker at a CJP event; be a mentor for the Leadership and Advancement Series Program, write an article for the Jewish News and/or a blog post for

Lend us Your Home or Office Space – We’re always looking for private, interesting spaces to hold events or gatherings.

Be a CJP Ambassador – Invite friends and family to events; promote the work of CJP in the community. Help us expand our community!

Stewardship and Fundraising – Make thank you calls after events.

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Are you ready to take action and make a lasting impact in our Jewish community?

Whether you are passionate about community impact, financial development, inclusion, or leadership, there is a place for you here.

By joining us, you will not only help us achieve our goals but also grow personally and professionally. Engage with like-minded individuals, hone your leadership skills, and make a tangible difference in the lives of others. Your involvement can shape the future of our community and strengthen our Jewish identity.

Richard Kasper, JD CAP
Chief Executive Officer
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