MVP

Tikkun Olam in Action

WHAT IS MVP?


How Our Students Make a Difference

Grade 7 is the year when most of our students become B’nei Mitzvah. As "Jewish adults" they learn about their responsibilities to their community and to the world around them. The culmination of their Tikkun Olam learning (a two-year program) happens with the Mitzvah of Valuing Philanthropy (MVP) program. Through acts of tzedekah and chesed, the students learn in a hands-on way what it means to become a caring and responsible adult.

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?

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MITZVAH


Students select a mitzvah (commandment), and then research, interview and select an agency that delivers on that mitzvah. They present the mission and needs of their chosen agency to their classmates. The students work together and, as a class, decide how to allocate to every agency from their pool of funds. The year culminates in a Ceremony of Giving, as representatives from the all the chosen agencies come to VTT to receive their grants from the students.

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FUNDS


Funding for the program comes from the students themselves. Each makes a minimum donation of $250 from B’Nei Mitzvah gifts and are encouraged to fundraise for more from family, friends and others. Last year, 39 students contributed $27K to the the chesed initiative, thanks in large part to a $10K challenge grant by Chimp‘s Tzedakah Project. We are grateful to Chimp and ZLC Financial for continuing to offer their support to MVP. 2018 marks our 10-year anniversary and, to date, we have donated over $220K to 178 non-profit agencies around the world, many of whom have received multi-year gifts.

See this list of agencies the Class of 2018 is funding HERE

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THANK YOU


VTT gratefully acknowledges the support of our entire community, especially the Irma Zack, z”l, Mitzvah of Valuing Philanthropy Endowment Fund, for so generously supporting this program.

Please contact Tirzah Abraham if you would like to make a contribution. All donations are eligible to receive a tax receipt.


STEPS TO MVP


  • STEP 1

    CHOOSE

    Choose an ethical commandment

  • STEP 2

    RESEARCH

    Research non-profit agencies connected to your chosen ethical commandment

  • STEP 3

    SELECT

    Select one agency to investigate further

  • STEP 4

    INTERVIEW

    Set up an interview with your agency to familiarize yourself with their programs, operations, etc.

  • STEP 5

    PRESENT

    Create a 20-minute presentation to advocate for your agency to your classmates

  • STEP 6

    RAISE FUNDS

    Commit to raising a minimum of $250 towards the collective MVP fund

  • STEP 7

    CLASS ALLOCATIONS

    Participate in classroom budget and allocations committee to determine disbursements to all student-selected agencies

  • STEP 8

    CEREMONY OF GIVING

    Present agencies with their allocation cheque at the Ceremony of Giving in June

MVP By the Numbers


YEARS

$ DONATED

NON-PROFITS

STUDENTS