Women’s Philanthropy

Inspired and guided by our traditions of tzedakah (justice), and kol yisrael arevim zeh lazeh (all Jews are responsible for each other), Women’s Philanthropy is about more than just the Community Campaign. It’s about knowing and understanding deeply the breadth of issues facing our community and rolling up our sleeves to help. It’s about educating, inspiring, and empowering women of all ages in our community. It’s about nurturing leadership and fostering a commitment to philanthropy. It’s about having an impact.




We would love to talk to you about getting involved with Women’s Philanthropy!

Heather Ring
Chief Development Officer
952.417.2344 or hring@jewishminneapolis.org



Women of Intention Awards
Thursday, June 14
Rush Creek Golf Club



You’re a woman who loves and appreciates your Jewish community and wants to help it thrive. You want to be part of something bigger than yourself.

Join the Pearl Society. With a gift of $365—or a dollar a day—to Federation’s Community Campaign, you’ll automatically become a member of this group of inspiring women who, just like you, want to make a difference. And you’ll be invited to the Women of Intention Awards and have the option of buying our signature Minneapolis Pearl Society necklace, designed by Sara Goldfine Baratz of Goldfine Jewelry.

2016 Women of Intention Awards

2017 Women of Intention Awards



As a Lion of Judah you are a member of the most dynamic group of Jewish women philanthropists in the world. Strong women of all ages, you’re part of an international sisterhood of nearly 18,000 global activists who care deeply about the Jewish future.

You are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, compassionate and committed women at every stage of life and career.

As Lions you play a vital role in creating social justice, aiding the vulnerable, preserving human dignity and building Jewish identity.

You’re firm believers in the strength and importance of a Federated gift to the community because you know no single gift impacts more Jewish lives.


2015 Lion of Judah Luncheon

2016 Lion of Judah Luncheon

2017 Lion of Judah Luncheon


The fastest growing phenomenon in philanthropy today? The power of women.

Women in the United States give, on average, 3.5% of their wealth to charities each year; men give an average of 1.8%.

Women currently control 27% of the world’s total wealth.

90% of women’s income is reinvested in their families as opposed to 40% of men’s income. Women invest in their communities, leading to increased financial growth and social opportunities.

A gift in any amount to Women’s Philanthropy helps change lives around the world, so we encourage you to give a gift you feel comfortable with. Many women choose to give at the following levels:

Pearl Society | $1/day

Women who make a gift of $1/day ($365/year) are recognized by becoming part of our Pearl Society. Beginning in 2015, a yearly event will celebrate our Pearl Society donors.

Pomegranate Society | $1,800

To celebrate women’s minimum gifts of $1,800, we re-launched the Pomegranate Society in the fall of 2013.

The pomegranate is one of the oldest symbols found in Jewish art and ritual, and the pomegranate pin offered to women at this level represents the mitzvot of tzedakah (charity) and gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindess).

Beginning in 2015, a special event will celebrate women who give at the Pomegranate level.

Lion of Judah | $5,000

The Lion of Judah is a symbol of today’s Jewish woman’s strength, of her dedication to the Jewish world, and of her financial commitment of at least $5,000 to Federation’s Community Campaign.

The Lion of Judah pin is a symbol of sisterhood and connectedness; of leadership and responsibility.

Our Minneapolis Lions say becoming a Lion is a rewarding experience; a chance to meet wonderful role models that become lifelong friends. To be a Lion is to be part of a sisterhood of caring women.

Lion of Judah Endowment

Provide a legacy for your children and grandchildren. Protect what’s most important to you. Safeguard your values – forever. Establishing a Lion of Judah Endowment is easier than you think, and is within the reach of women of any age.

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