Critical Minds, Compassionate Hearts

Tamchui Selection Criteria

A slice of the criteria considered by the leadership team when making final selections...
A slice of the criteria considered by the leadership team when making final selections...
Grassroots - an organization chosen for Tamchui should be a certified 501(c)(3)s but also truly grassroots; often, with a unique story of how the organization came to be - e.g. a "tzedakah hero" who noticed a need in the world and took action to make a difference.
Impact - will the amount of dollars raised (generally $900 - $1500 per organization) make a difference to the specific organization?
Tangibility - Students (especially middle school students) often want to know how the money raised will be used by the organization; the more specific and clear an organization can be, the better.
Teachability - Organizations selected for the youngest students should be age appropriate and build upon their capacity for empathy and awareness; at the same time, we are sensitive about topics that they are not ready to understand. Organizations selected for middle school should promote teaching points that stretch their hearts and minds to consider tzedakah and philanthropy from a higher level.
Child/Teen Initiated -- One interesting twist or challenge is to consider nominating a child/teen initiated program. This is particularly inspiring for Rashi students because it highlights how each person can make a difference (no matter what age!), reinforces what our students learn about Tikkun Olam throughout the year, and presents a unique type of role model.
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