Why Tzedek Impact Awards?
Through this pilot initiative, the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund (AMKRF) is investing directly in leaders who have consistently shown up for Asheville. Tzedek Impact Awards are designed to recognize individuals working to transform Asheville into a community where everyone thrives and to invest in impactful, intersectional approaches to systemic oppression that are focused on racial justice, LGBTQ equality, and combating anti-Jewish oppression. As opposed to our grantmaking that sustains organizational work, Impact Awards are designed to award individual community leaders for their past achievements and accomplishments, in a manner that furthers AMKRF’s charitable missions.
How can awardees spend the money?
Awardees are invited to use the funds in any manner they so choose. While no requirements or conditions are placed on the use of the funds, AMKRF is hopeful that awardees will use the funds to invest in themselves by attending to support their professional development and skill building as community leaders. Possible uses include, but are not limited to, registration and travel costs for conferences (such as Creating Change) or, registration for skill-building workshops, enrolling in a tuition for language courses, or hiring a professional coaching. Nevertheless, wWe honor awardees’ autonomy in deciding how best to use this award.
Are there other expectations tied to the award?
Awardees will be invited to complete an interview with AMKRF staff so that their story can be shared with the local community. While there is no formal grant reporting, awardees will be contacted by AMKRF staff in early 2020 to check in and assess this pilot program.
If I don’t receive an award, can I re-nominate myself for the next cycle?
Yes, you may re-nominate yourself. Each self-nomination will be reviewed alongside the nominations received in the same cycle.
How long will these funds be available?
AMKRF has secured $40,000 to support Tzedek Impact Awards for 2019. Once these funds have been distributed to the community, we will not be accepting additional self-nominations. We encourage people to apply early.
What is the payout process for a Tzedek Impact Award?
Once awardees are selected, they will be notified via email. Awardees will receive a check within two weeks.
What are the tax implications of receiving a Tzedek Impact Award?
The tax implications will vary depending on your personal financial circumstances. Awardees will be issued a 1099 for the income received, which is also reported to the IRS and is taxable according to your individual income level and deductions.
Is the Tzedek Impact Awards a recurring program of AMKRF? What is a pilot program?
At this time, AMKRF is committing to one cycle of the Tzedek Awards. This program is expected to run from Summer 2019-Winter 2019. This is an exploratory program that we are launching as we learn about what is most impactful in Asheville. AMKRF is currently engaging in a community-based research process where we are in deep conversations with local leaders, grantees, Fellow alums, and community partners to re-vision our work. This offering may change or be discontinued based on the feedback we receive from our community-based research process.
Why is AMKRF investing these funds in individuals rather than organizations?
AMKRF has a record of funding national, regional, and local nonprofits, alongside grassroots organizations based in Asheville, NC and local leaders. We will continue to fund organizations’ with missions and values that align with our organizational strategy.