Dear Prospective Member,
Grand Street is a place where Jews (ages 18 to 28 years old) who are involved, or will be involved, as leaders in their family's philanthropy can come together to explore, off the record, the legacy each has inherited from his or her family beyond wealth, and clarify what each person wants his/her own philanthropic values and vision to be moving forward. Beginning with the convening of its first cohort in 2002, the efficacy of Grand Street proved palpable and the demand grew.
Founding members of the network took it upon themselves to identify the vision of Grand Street, which they articulate as follows:
- To build a network of young Jews in similar positions of philanthropic responsibility;
- To create a space where members can develop in the philanthropic realm with their peers and outside of their family;
- To invite participants to ask their own questions; and,
- To develop a Jewish analysis and capacity for strategic thinking.
Participants who lean into the Grand Street opportunity find themselves realizing personal growth, professional opportunities, roles within family philanthropy, and leadership positions within the Jewish and secular not-for-profit realms. The Grand Street network is a unique opportunity for next gen Jews to explore what it means to be in a family involved with Jewish philanthropy. As most 18-28 year olds are defining their identity at this stage of their lives, a network of peers provides a space for independent, yet informed and supported, exploration.
The 21/64 Team
Founded by early Grand Streeters who were catalyzed by their retreat experience, The Slingshot Fund is a peer giving network for young Jews in their 20s and 30s, designed to support innovative and effective Jewish organizations. Slingshot exposes fund members to a professional grantmaking process where they can develop philanthropic skills, learn from experts in the field, perform site visits, practice how to read grant proposals and leverage their small gifts into a significant grant pool. This Grand Street retreat will also be the opening session for Slingshot’s Chicago Fund Cycle, which interested new cohort participants can learn more about joining.
Grand Street is run by 21/64, a non-profit practice specializing in next generation and multigenerational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. Originally incubated by the Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, 21/64 has become a preeminent resource for families and their advisors when engaging the next generation and creating multigenerational conversations. A fusion of experiential learning and purposeful skill building, keenly designed with insight about the next generation, is the hallmark of 21/64 coaching, consulting services, speaking, training, and tools.
There is an increasing need for clarity, communication, and multigenerational collaboration as families engage the next generation in their foundations, donor advised funds, family offices, and other forms of family enterprise. We strive to help multigenerational families, next generation donors, and advisors to families address these needs. 21/64 works with those who believe that successful families are intentional about both their human, philanthropic, and financial assets.
New Cohort Dates: January 6 – 7, 2018 in San Francisco
Grand Street Overview
The New Cohort Retreat opens with dinner in San Francisco on Saturday, January 6, 2018 and continues through Sunday, the 7th before closing with dinner that evening. The agenda contains a mix of formal and informal exercises and discussions to give the cohort the opportunity to engage in a meaningful set of conversations about Jewishness, philanthropy, family, and the intersection of the three.
Participants are eager to meet their peers, learn more about each other’s experiences, and leave the weekend empowered to continue their conversations and explorations. The new cohort weekend can also be a catalyst for a participant’s serious engagement with their family’s philanthropy.
Grand Street is an ongoing opportunity, which in its fifteenth cycle, continues to support members who began with us over a decade ago. Included in the Retreat is a follow-up call with 21/64 to reflect on your experience and think about next steps.
After the New Cohort Retreat, members are welcome to participate in programming and network events at their leisure. 21/64 always provides an open door for personalized coaching, referrals, and support to all members.
- Peer network and connections – Members have access to other peers in the Network at different stages regarding personal, professional and philanthropic development. Get connected with other Grand Street members, both in your cohort and previous ones to connect with peers around the country, whether by phone, email or in person.
- Personalized coaching – Call us for guidance in areas you are looking to develop further, from how to advance your ideas at the next family meeting, to non-profit career guidance, to talking about money in a relationship.
- Resources and referrals—Tap our team for connections to resources and advisors in an area you are looking to learn more about.
- Webinars, programming and events – Have the option to participate in ongoing seminars, monthly webinars and discussions with experts on relevant and related subjects, such as fiduciary responsibility, giving plans, family dynamics and impact investing.
Grand Street participant
The experience of being among peers at with whom I could freely talk about issues of wealth and philanthropy has been valuable on a number of levels. Grand Street has helped me to focus on two very important questions: what is my relationship with Judaism? And how should this inform my future philanthropic choices? I continue to work on both of these. Additionally, the creativity and diversity of perspectives among participants was very stimulating and thought provoking,and many conversations that began at the retreat are still being tossed around among us. The network effects of being part of a group of future Jewish philanthropic leaders are exciting, and I look forward to continuing involvement.
Grand Street Participant
Grand Street is a unique opportunity to meet and learn with other individuals trying to figure out their own philanthropy, family philanthropy, as well as their place in Jewish life. The Grand Street experience provides you with incredible tools and a network to maneuver through the Jewish and philanthropic worlds, tools and lifelong colleagues and friends I still count on today, nine years after my Grand Street experience. I can truly say I wouldn't be half the trustee I am at my family's foundation today if it weren't for Grand Street.