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Matan Named One Of America’s Top Innovative Jewish Organizations

Meredith Polsky


Tenth Annual Slingshot Guide Highlights the Best of the Thriving Jewish Nonprofit World

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Matan is thrilled to be named as 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.

Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 112 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide applauds Matan for its “responsiveness to feedback and its ability to adapt to changing needs in the communities it serves,” and points out that “Matan’s leadership is using data to inform and improve programming, something that is not typically seen in many other organizations.”

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 opportunities. 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. 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. Matan is proud to be among the 82 organizations honored for meeting these standards.

Coinciding with this announcement, we are launching The Matan Institute of Greater Washington, modeled after our successful training institutes, which, up until now, have been held only in the New York area. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, DC is the first of several communities to host local Matan Institute training programs, which will enable Jewish educators and leaders to become more inclusive of children with special learning needs. 19 local Jewish educational institutions – including representatives from the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist Movements, Chabad and a Jewish Day School – will embark on a year-long journey of inclusion.

The Slingshot Guide 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



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