Slingshot ’15-’16


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

BRYN MAWR, PA JCHAI, a leader in providing independent living supports to adults with intellectual disabilities and autism, has been named one of North America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the eleventh 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 2016 was released today.

Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 93 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide said JCHAI’s impressive results speak for themselves.” 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. JCHAI is proud to be among the 50 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.

JCHAI is proud to be selected again for this year’s guide, and thrilled to be part of the amazing community of innovative Jewish organizations included in the Guide over the past eleven years who continue to create positive change in the Jewish community,” said Judith Creed, JCHAI’s Board Chair.

Added Stefanie Rhodes, Executive Director of Slingshot, which publishes the Guide each year,

Slingshot’s work is to help Jews find, fund and connect to meaningful, exciting experiences in Jewish life. After 11 years, the book remains relevant because we it continues to highlight organizations doing exceptional work, serving as the trailblazers for what is possible and inspiring all of us. Whether we look to the guide for funding ideas, best practices or trends in Jewish life, it remains a resource for all of us, providing tremendous hope for our collective future. Returning to our original model of 50 organizations made this year more competitive than ever before, resulting in an extraordinary snapshot of the field.”

Sarah Rueven, Slingshot board chair, agreed, “Innovation is a critical component of today’s Jewish community. Slingshot is highlighting the work of organizations that strengthen Jewish life by making it more relevant to our generation. We are inspired by projects that help people connect with the Jewish community in ways that both feel fresh and honor our traditions. The eleventh edition of Slingshot is the most compelling and diverse guide yet. Readers will learn about valuable new projects and gain insight into the emerging needs in Jewish life, as identified by our community’s top leaders.”

Being listed in the Guide is often a critical step for selected organizations to attain much needed additional funding and to expand the reach of their work. Selected organizations are eligible for grants from the Slingshot Fund, a peer-giving network of young donors with an eye for identifying, highlighting and advancing causes that resonate the most with the next generation of philanthropists. Furthermore, the Guide is a frequently used resource for donors seeking to support organizations transforming the world in novel and interesting ways.

About the Slingshot Guide

The Slingshot Guide, now in its eleventh 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


JCHAI provides a supportive community for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism that fosters independence, growth, and employment, all while encouraging and reinforcing Jewish life and Jewish values. Since our founding in 1987, JCHAI has accomplished our mission by providing independent living supports and education for people who live either in their own homes or still with their parents, as well as support for those living in our residential programs of apartments and homes.