About Slingshot

We nurture the talents, skills, and wisdom of Jewish young philanthropists to make an enduring impact on the Jewish future.

Mission

Slingshot mobilizes young Jewish philanthropists as funders and active change agents, who, with their partners, shape the Jewish community to be vibrant and continuously evolving.

Theory of Change

Our Impact

An evaluation of Slingshot’s work: Next Gen Jewish Philanthropy: Evaluating Slingshot’s Role in Prioritizing Innovation within the Jewish Community, was conducted by Informing Change and published in 2016. It is primarily informed by surveys from a total of 393 individuals and 37 key informant interviews, as well as additional documentation about Slingshot’s work. Many interviewees and survey respondents represent multiple informant types, including Next-Gen funders, institutional funders or members of a family philanthropy, project representatives, and other stakeholders.

Our History

Slingshot was created in 2005 by and for next-generation funders in response to a need. A group of young inheritors of wealth emerged from Grand Street, a next-gen network run by 21/64 gathering bound by a tradition of philanthropy and the responsibility of carrying out that legacy. They had a clear sense of the change they wanted to make in the world but needed a tool to help them navigate the Jewish landscape. They set out to create a resource to find the most cutting-edge, innovative programs. With support from the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and the leadership of Sharna Goldseker, Slingshot was born. 

The Slingshot Staff

  • Stefanie Rhodes

    Chief Executive Officer

    Stefanie has spent the last 17 years working in Jewish philanthropy. Before joining Slingshot, she ran the Annual Fund at the JCC Manhattan where she started the first Giving Circle to benefit JCC programs. She also spent 9 years working at the Jewish Funders Network, where she ran the Younger Funders programming and was the founding Director of the Foundation Professionals program. Prior to joining the Jewish professional world, she worked in ad agencies and tech start-ups in the Bay Area.

    Stefanie holds a BA in Journalism and a Certificate in Jewish Studies from Indiana University and a Certificate in Jewish Philanthropy from Yeshiva University. She is a Senior Schusterman Fellow and was a member of the inaugural CEO Onboarding cohort. Stefanie is married to Hue, and together they have two children.

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  • Rachel Hodes

    Chief Program Officer

    Rachel Hodes attended Rutgers University where she received a BA in Political Science and New York University where she received a Masters in Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and a Masters in Judaic and Hebraic Studies. Rachel previously worked at UJA-Federation of NY in a variety of capacities, was a founder of the Moishe House Murray Hill, is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, a member of the ROI Community, and a 21/64 Certified Advisor. Rachel also currently serves as Chair of the Democratic Party in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband Jason Freeman.

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  • Sarah Strnad

    Director of Community Development

    Sarah’s career spans both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She is a seasoned Jewish non-profit professional, beginning her career as a Hillel JCSC Fellow, and previously serving as Director of Operations and Community Engagement at Lab/Shul,  Director of Operations at Kolot Chayeinu, an Event Planning Consultant at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), and Assistant Director of Partners for Progressive Israel (formerly Meretz USA). Sarah also worked at AXA Equitable for four years, was a community organizer on JFREJ’s Shalom Bayit campaign for domestic workers, and did a graduate internship with Rabbis for Human Rights in Jerusalem. 

    Sarah participated UpStart Change Accelerator, and is a 21/64 Certified Advisor. She has a B.A. in Jewish Studies, Hebrew, and Political Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a M.A. in International Human Rights from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Sarah lives in Brooklyn with her wife Rachel and their Mini Goldendoodle Charley. 

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Board of Directors

  • Coby Lerner

    Co-Chair
  • Dena Verhoff

    Co-Chair
  • Debra Hokin Meyer

    Secretary
  • Dan Rueven

    Treasurer
  • Jess Leifer

    Executive Committee Member at Large
  • Lana Fern

  • Jonathan Horowitz

  • Samantha Nathan

  • Sarah Rueven

  • Philip Silverman