The Giving Group Community is a fiscally sponsored project of The Giving Back Fund (GBF), a public charity under IRS Section 501(c)(3) with EIN 04-3367888. GBF provides GGC with the required compliance, registrations, banking, accounting, auditing, legal, human resources, payment processing, and grants management support. Donations made through the GGC platform are fully tax-deductible, to the extent allowable by law.

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GGC Advisory Board

Rebecca Sugar

Rebecca grew up in Harrison, NY and attended Westchester Day School and Ramaz High School. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English literature and holds a Masters Degree in Jewish…

Martin Rozenblum

Martin Rozenblum is the Director of the Rozenblum Foundation, which through various initiatives and partnerships, supports arts, culture and social causes. Martin has help initiate, supported and has held active roles in multiple local and…

David Messer

Built with a team of two senior executives, built SET from a $50 million annual revenue enterprise in 1998 to annual revenues of $1.5 billion by 2005. In 2007, Mr. Messer again led the sale…

Jonathan Leader

The primary philanthropic concerns of Jonathan and Dina Leader are the preservation of Judaism and its values. They devote their life to Tikun Olam, emphasizing the beauty of our religion.

Glen Golish

is President of Golish Financial Group, LLC. He specializes in assisting seniors, business owners, and high net worth families with creative…

Jeremy Dunkel

is a Director of Taurus Capital, a family office consultancy specializing in philanthropy. His accounting and finance experience includes working for Chemical Bank, Chase Manhattan, and Price Waterhouse. He is a Non-Executive Director of Pengana…

Tovit Schultz Granoff

is an attorney and businesswoman. She has practiced corporate law in the US, Canada, and Israel, and has co-directed a consumer products company. Tovit has a JD from the York University Osgoode Hall Law School,…

Elie Lederman

made aliya with his family from Melbourne, Australia to Ra’anana in 1993, is actively involved in numerous non-profits in Israel. Chairman of the Board since 2017, Elie has been a supporter of The Benji Hillman…

Marc Epstein

serves on the Board of Directors for StarCompliance. He was founder and CEO of Star from 2002-2018 and responsible for the strategic direction, financial management and operation of the company. During Marc’s tenure, the company…

Batsheva (Levine) Moshe

GM Israel @ WIX.com⦿ Chairperson @ Yozmot Atid, Board member @ Ofanim, Sapir college, Or movement Batsheva is a business and social entrepreneur, serves as the GM Israel at Wix – The leading cloud-based website…

Daniel Posner

Daniel Posner is the Chief Investment Officer of Rensop Investment Group. The firm focuses on Private Equity investments in Energy, Real Estate, Specialty Finance and Growth Equity strategies. He also serves as a Senior Advisor…

Seth H. Davis

Founder & CEO, Giving Group Community

Seth is a social entrepreneur who has helped raise over $100M in philanthropic capital during his 15 year non-profit career. He has been featured in an array of professional forums and media channels, where he…

Marc Pollick

President Giving Back Fund

an internationally recognized speaker, writer and consultant on philanthropy and charitable giving, who has guided the philanthropic efforts of an impressive clientele of celebrities, professional athletes, high net worth individuals and corporations.

PRASHANTH PALAKURTHI

Chairman

FOUNDER & FORMER CEO, REFLEXIS SYSTEMS. Prashanth Palakurthi founded MA-based Reflexis systems in 2001, and with a team of co-founders, Mr. Palakurthi pioneered the category of Retail Execution Management solutions that enable companies to simplify…
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GGC Team & Technology Advisors

Seth H. Davis
Founder & CEO, Giving Group Community
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Seth is a social entrepreneur who has helped raise over $100M in philanthropic capital during his 15 year non-profit career. He has been featured in an array of professional forums and media channels, where he discusses philanthropy and outcome-driven impact. Seth’s former roles include CEO at IsraAID U.S., and senior roles at The Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy, HaShomer HaChadash, Kenafayim, Israel Tennis Centers Foundation, and Ashkelon Foundation. He has served in volunteer capacities to raise funds and support organizations improving quality of life for marginalized residents in the periphery of Israel.

Seth began his career as an entrepreneur in the start-up arena, with a focus on global business. With an MBA in Marketing and Management from Bar Ilan University and Professional Fundraising Course at Boston University, and he served in the IDF Special Forces.

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Ted Sokolosky
Sr. Philanthropic Advisor, East Coast
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Ted served as President and CEO of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, a position he held for eleven years until he retired in 2016. During his leadership, Ted oversaw the extraordinary growth of the Toronto Jewish Federation into the third-largest Federation in North America, raising over $100 million annually through annual and endowment campaigns.

Ted also established UJA Federation’s Jewish Toronto Tomorrow Capital Campaign–a groundbreaking capital initiative that redeveloped Toronto’s Jewish community infrastructure over three community campuses across the Greater Toronto Area.  That endeavor raised nearly $400 million in the most extensive redevelopment in the community’s history.

Ted formed his own philanthropic consulting firm following his retirement as CEO.  During that time, Ted has been an active Senior Consultant with the Jewish Agency for Israel, Sephardi Voices International, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and the Center for Jewish Impact.

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Adina Rahamim
Projects Coordinator, Israel

Adina made Aliya from Australia five years ago and is now a resident of Jerusalem. With a background in social work, Adina has social work experience in hospitals and academia in Melbourne and Jerusalem. With an MA in non-profit management from Hebrew University, Adina also has ample experience in donor relations and program development in a number of diverse Israeli non-profits.

Uri Smajovits
Sr. Philanthropic Advisor, South East Coast

Uri was born in Israel and grew up in Montreal, Canada, and has resided in the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years. He and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of two sons, Harrison and Ethan. He is a passionate Zionist, who understands the importance of supporting the State of Israel having been raised by concentration camp survivors. In fact, his late Mother was not only an Auschwitz survivor, but also a Mengele survivor. Uri brings 25-plus years of professional philanthropic experience focused on Israel. In addition to his work experience, he holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in commerce and accountancy respectively.

Peter Adler
Sr. Projects Advisor, Israel

Born in Australia and made Aliya 40 years ago. A resident of Jerusalem, Peter Adler has been involved in a professional capacity for over 25 years in philanthropy focusing on Israel and the Jewish World and has been deeply involved in the Israeli Third sector. Peter is the former Chair of the Forum of Foundations in Israel, has been a consultant to Keren Hayesod, JDC and the UIA Canada and continues to act as Israel Projects consultant to numerous European, Australian and Israeli Foundations and individual high net worth Donors. Peter has been involved in supporting and contributing to hundreds of projects based in Israel and has facilitated over 100 million dollars in grants and donations to NGOs (Amutot).

Samantha Burke
Admin & Operations Manager
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Foundation Coordinator part of the Giving Back Fund support team. Providing admin, compliance and general operations needs.

Went to college in New England and then spent the next 3.5 years working for the Washington Ireland Program, a student and leadership development program. The program specifically focused on university students from Northern Ireland and Ireland and built from a program called Project Children that originated during the 1990’s and the peak Troubles in NI. I held several roles during my time with WIP, starting as an intern focused on events management, and by the time I left was managing the DC office operations. I also worked closely with the ED on financial management, grant applications and reporting, and CRM management – to highlight some of the experience I now use with GBF. I took a pause from non-profit work for two years during COVID and joined Noom in the private sector, originally working in a client-facing role, and then transitioning back to learning and development work on the project side. I was hired to join the wonderful team here at GBF last Fall and have been delighted to be back to my non-profit roots and supporting the work of my incredible group of clients since.

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Andrey Kontrius
Head of Platform Development Team
Partner at Web development, Android and iOS mobile apps, UI / UX design, testing and support. Information Technology & Services
Tomer Tveria
CRM Technology Advisor
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Salesforce Strategy & Marketing Consultant for Non-profits, Social business, Startups and Higher Education Institutions, Dreamforce Speaker, 6×Salesforce Certification

Professionals Vetting & Sourcing Committee

Rachel Gerrol

Founder & CEO of NEXUS

The Giving Group Community (GGC) was founded in 2021 to enable passionate philanthropists to connect with each other and explore unique giving opportunities in Israel and the Jewish world. We aim to entwine the powers…

Yonatan Galon

Jewish National Fund U.K, Israel CEO

The Giving Group Community (GGC) was founded in 2021 to enable passionate philanthropists to connect with each other and explore unique giving opportunities in Israel and the Jewish world. We aim to entwine the powers…

Rabbi Raphael Shore

Founder of OpenDor Media & Clarion

The Giving Group Community (GGC) was founded in 2021 to enable passionate philanthropists to connect with each other and explore unique giving opportunities in Israel and the Jewish world. We aim to entwine the powers…

Peter Adler

Senior Advisor to Philanthropists

The Giving Group Community (GGC) was founded in 2021 to enable passionate philanthropists to connect with each other and explore unique giving opportunities in Israel and the Jewish world. We aim to entwine the powers…

Jami Bachrad

Sr. Philanthropic Advisor

The Giving Group Community (GGC) was founded in 2021 to enable passionate philanthropists to connect with each other and explore unique giving opportunities in Israel and the Jewish world. We aim to entwine the powers…

Norman Lipoff

Trustee of Foundations

The Giving Group Community (GGC) was founded in 2021 to enable passionate philanthropists to connect with each other and explore unique giving opportunities in Israel and the Jewish world. We aim to entwine the powers…

Aaron Katler

CEO of Upstart

The Giving Group Community (GGC) was founded in 2021 to enable passionate philanthropists to connect with each other and explore unique giving opportunities in Israel and the Jewish world. We aim to entwine the powers…

Seth Davis

Founder & CEO GGC

The Giving Group Community (GGC) was founded in 2021 to enable passionate philanthropists to connect with each other and explore unique giving opportunities in Israel and the Jewish world. We aim to entwine the powers…
GGC Member Benefits

A boutique philanthropic advisory service utilizing a proprietary technology platform

100% of your donations go direct to the cause

Opportunity to leverage your giving for maximum impact

Seamless integration of multiple generations

Simple tax deductible giving and tracking of donations

Grantee impact reports and grant monitoring

Access to highly vetted champion organizations at scale

VIP site tours and high-level briefings in Israel and online

An exclusive global community of like-minded philanthropists and peers

FAQs

  • What makes GGC unique?

    GGC is a proprietary platform with capabilities to showcase unique giving opportunities and social ventures in Israel and the Jewish world, while connecting like-minded funders globally through a membership-based community. Our user-friendly interface can be accessed at any time, from any place, by multiple family members, professional advisors, and foundation stakeholders for the purposes of reviewing and considering philanthropic opportunities.

    Unique Sourcing, Vetting and Curating

    Members are invited to consider professionally vetted opportunities, including some which are exclusive and/or first-seen on our platform. Our due diligence ensures that projects are implemented by best in class, trustworthy organizations working on the front lines of social change. We monitor outcomes and provide reporting to funders so that you can be confident that your funds are being put to highest-impact use. Matching gift opportunities will be offered periodically. Members will also receive an annual report on GGC’s overall impact.

    Secure, Centralized Service Platform

    GGC’s private boutique platform is password protected and accessible to pre-approved members only. We provide a seamless private dashboard that allows you to track and monitor your giving, flag your highest priority interests, choose your favorite grantees and seek more in-depth information – including by arranging a private call with professionals from GGC or a grantee organization.  Your inquiries are kept confidential from the grantee and other members until the time that you decide to make a gift. We can also facilitate anonymous gifts if you choose.

  • What are my benefits as a GGC member?

    Members receive exclusive access to entrepreneurial, creative and high impact philanthropic projects in Israel and the Jewish world, backed by a robust level of research and due diligence, including on-site visits by our team with the grantees.

    Membership enables philanthropists and their families to leverage their philanthropic dollars with like-minded peers to maximize impact, including through periodic matching gift opportunities.  The proprietary platform also offers a new, technologically based interface accessible 24/7, giving families an exciting way to integrate multiple generations into their giving programs.

    GGC monitors outcomes and provides impact reports to funders.  We facilitate member-only events and briefings with exclusive access to social entrepreneurs and organizational leaders, updates through regular GGC newsletters and peer networking opportunities so that funders can seek advice and advance partnerships. Members also have exclusive access to VIP site visits in Israel.

  • What are the requirements and giving expectations of members?

    Membership is open to individuals, families, and foundations who are committed to philanthropic giving at major gift levels in Israel and the Jewish world.

    Annual membership dues of $5,000 are tax-deductible in the U.S, Canada, Australia, Israel and the U.K. With a minimum two-year commitment. Your membership contribution enables GGC to operate as a 501(c)(3) fiscally sponsored non-profit, providing a unique, high-touch approach to engagement of philanthropists through a proprietary platform.

    There is no minimum giving requirement to projects, although funders are encouraged to review the opportunities with an open mind and consider generous support to meet the stated needs.

    All members agree to a membership onboarding process, which includes a 30-minute Zoom meeting with a GGC team member to orient you to the site and identify initial interests, priorities and giving preferences.

  • How do I make a gift to a GGC project?

    Each project showcased on the GGC site lists a funding need in USD. Members indicate their intention to contribute by clicking on a suggested donation amount or adding a custom amount of your own. Clicking “donate” indicates your intention only, and you will receive a follow-up email with further instructions. Members may contribute using credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, or by recommending a grant from your foundation or donor advised fund to The Giving Back Fund for benefit of Giving Group Community <specify project name>. The Giving Back Fund is a 501c(3) organization, Tax ID 04-3367888.

    Members can also set up a virtual wallet with a single gift to GGC, making decisions to disburse funds to specific project at a later date. You may also grant directly to the organization or project after learning about it on the GGC platform. When giving directly, we ask that you let us know so that we may track your support along with others from the GGC community.

  • Can a member recommend peers to become members?

    Yes, absolutely!  We welcome member referrals of individuals, families and foundations who are committed to philanthropic giving at major gift levels in Israel and the Jewish world. We are happy to reach out directly and/or you may encourage them to Contact us.

  • As a member can I adjust my focus areas and giving priorities?

    Yes, absolutely!  Until we have a technology solution for this, we invite you to schedule a call with our team so that we understand your priorities and can share information on the type of projects you are seeking.

  • Is there a minimum giving requirement for GGC members or minimum giving expectation to any project?

    There is no minimum giving requirement for GGC members, although funders are encouraged to review the opportunities with an open mind and consider generous support to meet the stated needs.

    The minimum suggested donation to any project is $1,000, although funders are welcome to donate at any level – from $1000 to the maximum project budget.  Our goal is that, on average, our members contribute $25,000 annually through the GGC platform.

  • Can multiple individuals have access to a single member account?

    Yes. Our goal is to help curate internal family conversations about philanthropy and Israel and the Jewish world. Each member account will have a master account and be able to invite and assign sub-member accounts to other family members and/or professional advisors.

  • Can I place funds in sub-accounts for children and grandchildren?

    Yes. This is one of our uniquely designed features. The master member account can add sub-user accounts from their dashboard and create a virtual wallet so that children, grandchildren or others can make grants directly. This enables the user to research, learn, choose and engage. The whole family can view a joint portfolio of the giving areas, impact reports and saved projects in the dashboard.

  • Can a member keep anonymity?

    Yes. You can set your visibility preferences from your member profile, including to decide whether to share your contact information with other members, be presented as anonymous (only your country of residence will be shown), and/or whether to present your name when donating to a project. GGC will honor your preferences.

  • How frequently are new projects showcased?

    The goal is to showcase new opportunities on an ongoing basis, with an average of 60-80 opportunities per year.

  • What is the timeline for funding new projects or organizations?

    Each project may vary but, in general, they will be short-term appeals of up to six months.

  • What is the project sourcing and vetting process?

    GGC will source unique, high-impact social ventures in Israel and the Jewish world, guided by the collective wisdom of GGC members.  Once prospective projects are identified, GGC will embark on a rigorous and in-depth vetting process, including review of the organization’s history, mission, track record of impact and charitable status. GGC will work directly with the organization’s leadership to determine needs and set project parameters, assess project outcomes and scope the budget. We will conduct in-person site visits, to the greatest extent possible.

    Working with a lay task force and professional advisory committee, GGC will gauge the potential for impact and compatibility of the project with interests of GGC members. At this stage, GGC will determine whether to showcase the project and set a funding goal, suggest consideration at a later date or decline the project.

  • How are the projects evaluated and monitored?

    The GGC professional and lay advisory teams will remain in communication with the organization through duration of the project and will monitor progress based on agreed upon benchmarks outlined in a grant agreement. Organizations and projects showcased on our platform have agreed to provide mid- and end-project reports on outcomes, which GGC will share with our funders. We will also keep funders informed of any changes to the scope, budget or timeline.

  • Is there an opportunity to connect directly and/or visit a presented project?

    Yes, absolutely! GGC will be delighted to arrange a remote visit and/or physical site visit. You also have the option to reach out directly to an organization and visit.

  • Can a member suggest projects to the community?

    Yes. Collective wisdom is a key driving force for the GGC community. Within your member dashboard you can recommend a project that you feel would be a good fit for the community based on the criteria described above.

  • Can a member join the Advisory Board and Vetting Committee?

    Yes. Please reach out to learn more and explore leadership opportunities with GGC. We are always seeking motivated individuals that would like to help us grow this paradigm.

  • What is the tax EIN of the Giving Group Community?

    The Giving Group Community is a fiscally sponsored project of The Giving Back Fund (GBF), a public charity under IRS Section 501(c)(3) with EIN 04-3367888. GBF provides GGC with the required compliance, registrations, banking, accounting, auditing, legal, human resources, payment processing and grants management support. Donations made through the GGC platform are fully tax-deductible, to the extent allowable by law.

  • Who funded the seed costs of the Giving Group Community?

    The pre-seed round of GGC was funded by generous supporters who saw the vision, connected to the mission and recognized the value-add of creating such a platform. Founding funders include Ruth Brandt, The Daniel L Nir and Jill E Braufman Family Foundation, The Bob and Michelle Diener Family Foundation, Glen & Rosa Golish (G-Wealth Strategies) and David Messer. We are grateful to all of our founding funders and founding members. GGC is seeking additional philanthropists to join as seed round funders. Please reach out to learn more.

  • How can I donate directly to the Giving Group Community?

    All the details are on our direct donate page.

The Giving Group Community empowers high net worth philanthropists to find the most appealing and impactful Israel-connected projects. Founded in late 2020, our mission and vision is to bring together the power of storytelling and technology to revolutionize how people give and, in doing so, transform lives. This unique approach will increase participants’ engagement and convenience, galvanize the Nex-Gen, eliminate inefficiencies, and consolidate a fragmented marketplace to enable donors globally to give to Israel and Jewish-realted causes with greater clarity and impact than ever before.
The Giving Group Community is powered by The Giving Back Fund, a 501(c)(3) with EIN 04-3367888.
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