A Wider Bridge Named One of America’s Top Innovative Jewish Organizations

A Wider Bridge is proud to be included in The Slingshot Guide for the third consecutive year! The Slingshot Guide highlights the best of the thriving Jewish nonprofit world.

selected-national guide slingshot-14-15.jpgA Wider Bridge has been named one of North America’s top 82 innovative Jewish organizations in the tenth annual Slingshot Guide. The Guide has become a go-to resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving. Slingshot 2014-15 was released today.

Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 112 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide wrote this about A Wider Bridge: “By providing participants with opportunities to form strong bonds with LGBTQ Israelis and to experience Israel first hand, A Wider Bridge ensures that North American LGBTQ Jews develop stronger Jewish identities and deep personal stakes in Israel’s future.” The Guide adds, “A Wider Bridge’s voice is unique — A Wider Bridge often provides the only pro-Israel voice at the LGBTQ table and the only LGBTQ voice in the pro-Israel arena. Its work in these intersecting communities changes the conversation across the Jewish, pro-Israel, and LGBTQ worlds.”

Click here to view the A Wider Bridge page on the new Slingshot guide.

Organizations included in this year’s Guide were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. A Wider Bridge is proud to be among the 82 organizations honored for meeting those standards.

The organizations included in the Guide are driving the future of Jewish life and engagement by motivating new audiences to participate in their work and responding to the needs of individuals and communities – both within and beyond the Jewish community – as never before.

“A Wider Bridge is proud to be selected in this year’s guide, and thrilled to be part of the amazing community of the hundreds of innovative Jewish organizations included in the Guide over the past ten years who continue to create positive change in the Jewish community,” said Arthur Slepian, Executive Director of A Wider Bridge. Slepian added, “We believe engagement with Israel is critical for the continuity of the Jewish people. Our work helps LGBTQ people see that they can find a personal connection to Israel, and that they have a stake in Israel’s future.” We are proud that Slingshot has chosen to honor our work once again.”

Added Will Schneider, Executive Director of Slingshot, which publishes the Guide each year,
“Slingshot is all about inspiring Jews to get involved in the Jewish community. After ten years the book remains relevant because it is a megaphone for exciting and meaningful projects. The target reader of the guide is not involved in Jewish life, in part because they had no idea there were new meaningful Jewish projects springing up all around them. Organizations in Slingshot often receive added press and funding from those who read about them, but the deepest impact is on our readers who dog-ear and highlight their copy of Slingshot, excited about the potential of the Jewish community. This tenth year of the Guide year was more competitive than every year before, and the final product features the largest number of projects doing the widest variety of work.”

About the Slingshot Guide
The Slingshot Guide, now in its tenth year, was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs and projects in North America. The Guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character. The Slingshot Guide has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America’s Jewish community – and how nonprofits are meeting new needs and reaching new audiences. The book, published annually, is available in hard copy and as a free download at www.slingshotfund.org.