About Jumpstart

Jumpstart is the division at JCA that nurtures the under 40 demographic of our community. It has instigated a range of initiatives and events that are focused on engaging the next generation and empowering them to be the future leaders of our community. Strategically, Jumpstart is designed to secure the long term sustainability of JCA and to encourage innovation. Jumpstart is generously funded by members of The Giving Forum (TGF).

Jumpstart is JCA’s newest start-up, aimed at engaging the next generation with JCA (both in terms of engagement and fundraising). A dedicated team of volunteers together with the Jumpstart Co-chairs Jonathan Barouch and Ben Levi and the JCA office, work together to ensure Jumpstart is meeting the needs of the next generation. Jumpstart comprises of four key initiatives:

  • Innovation:
    Within the area of innovation, Jumpstart held its first Shark Tank event which last year which attracted over 300 people who witnessed 7 social entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas. Over $ 50 000 was awarded in prize money to the winning pitches.
    The creation of the Jumpstart Innovation Hub, Sydney’s first Jewish shared workspace, assists entrepreneurs (both social and not-for-profit) in reaching their goals.
  • Jumpstart Volunteer:
    Jumpstart Volunteer is a talent matching platform aimed at matching those with time and expertise with community organisations seeking assistance.
  • 10×10:
    These fundraising events are based around donors having the ability to select where they want to direct their fundraising dollars after listening to engaging and inspiring pitches.
  • Giving Circle:
    A group of young donors who commit additional funds to the community, get together to collectively decide which projects they wish to support.

Jumpstart also encompasses JCA Campaign events that meet the fundraising needs of the organisation.

A large portion of Jumpstart’s funding comes from The Giving Forum which was established in December 2015 by a group of major donors and their families. Its mission is to inspire innovative philanthropy on a large scale and provide an enduring funding platform to guarantee the local Jewish community’s financial security and growth over the next century. JCA is a strategic partner of The Giving Forum.