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What is the Tikun Olam program?

Traditionally Tikun Olam, translated as “Repairing the World,” is any act of social justice or charitable giving. In USY, we define it as the concept of donating to tzedakah, charity.

USY has a Tikun Olam Fund from which we donate to various Jewish charities in the United States, Israel, and abroad.

Chapters and regions plan specific events and drives in which their members actively raise money for this fund.

Tikun Olam is often shortened to the abbreviation T.O.

What organizations does the fund support?

Our Tikun Olam Fund supports Jewish causes. We see this as an inherent value of USY: If we are not supporting Jewish organizations, who will?

Many of these charities benefit non-Jews as well as Jews, but they are rooted in Jewish values.

We have approved Tzedakot, or charities, we support including:

  • Hospitals
  • Orphanages
  • Social service organizations
  • Organizations that provide for development of individual Jewish communities
  • Organizations that support the growth and success of the Conservative Movement
  • Our global partner organizations 
  • USY Summer Experience trips
  • Israel gap-year programs such as Nativ
Support for Programs in Israel 

Our commitment to programs in Israel is essential because they serve each of your chapters and regions directly.

These immersive travel and study programs help to foster many of the future teachers, rabbis, and Jewish leaders who will one day guide our communities. They also help to cultivate a strong bond with with Israel and enthusiasm for Jewish life in you, the participants.

Do I have a say in allocating funds?

Each of your chapters and regions raises money throughout the year to donate to the fund, so you have the ability to decide where their money goes.

Your chapters and regions can also decide not to give to a specific charity and can send money to the USY office without allocating. 

What is the benefit of not allocating?

Any unassigned funds sent to USY are pooled and allocated at a meeting of our regional teen leadership each fall.

By providing larger contributions to the organizations we support, we ensure that our donations are used to benefit larger projects rather than operating expenses.

Click here to see the results of the 2016 International Allocations Meeting.

What is the process for allocating funds?

60%

Divided between Israel and regional scholarships

40%

Assists different charities and organizations

The money your chapter or region raises is divided as follows:

Chapters and regions can choose one or two organizations from our Tikun Olam Allocation Form from which to allocate funds. 

Click here to download a copy of the Tikun Olam Allocations Form.
  • If a chapter wishes to allocate funds to a local non-Jewish Tzedakah, it must write the USY International Office for approval upon submitting their Tikun Olam money for the year. Submissions can be written directly on the Tikun Olam Allocations Form.

If your chapter or region decides to send money to the USY office without allotting funds, they will be allocated at an annual meeting in September by a group of elected USYers, including:

  • Regional Presidents
  • Regional SA/TO Vice Presidents
  • SA/TO International General Board
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