Givers hap­pily take the bait

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY ALEX KAS­RIEL

AL­THOUGH JEWS are sup­posed to give at least one-tenth of their in­come to char­ity, In­sti­tute of Jewish Pol­icy Re­search fig­ures sug­gest that 20-to-30some­things are less likely to do so than their par­ents.

To coun­ter­act this, the Char­i­ties Ad­vi­sory Trust, headed by Dame Hi­lary Blume, ran an event in May­fair to in­spire young pro­fes­sion­als to be­come phi­lan­thropists.

Called Happy Givers — be­cause giv­ing pro­motes a sense of well-be­ing — it fea­tured rep­re­sen­ta­tives of four char­i­ties who tried to per­suade the 40-strong crowd to part with their cash.

Hosts Tracy-Ann Ober­man and Ivor Bad­diel in­tro­duced the char­i­ties, which in­cluded Or­phans of Rwanda, sup­port­ing promis­ing stu­dents, and the New North Lon­don Syn­a­gogue drop-in cen­tre for des­ti­tute asy­lum seek­ers. The oth­ers were Point Blank, set­ting up artis­tic projects be­tween Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans, and Ikamva La­bantu, spon­sor­ing com­mu­nity projects in South African town­ships.

Guests paid £20 to take part — half of which could go to­wards a pledge — and were ex­pected to do­nate at least £100 to one or more of the causes. Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tions, and ques­tions, the au­di­ence shouted out their pledges.

Close on £10,000 was do­nated, which “def­i­nitely ex­ceeded our hopes as to how much we could raise”, said steer­ing group mem­ber David Rus­sell.

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