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Your contribution is appreciated and will go toward assisting tuition for genuine seekers experiencing financial hardship. Tuition assistance is aimed to align with Tzedakah (giving charity, see below). It is a way to work towards economic justice and sustainable practice.
Honorariums are accepted as part of a slow integrative movement toward engaging economic justice practices with language as part of raising awareness of the tensions of economic injustice. Payments made above minimum go toward a Tzedakah fund to offer scholarships mirroring the dignity of sincere seekers of wisdom who are hungry to know the teachings and reveal their blessings outside of power structures keeping them captive. Above minimum goes towards raising funds to offer opportunities without compromising sustainability for the mission and organization. The mission of Kairos Center for Change is to serve Conscious Femininity, minimizing service to power and obstructionism, through spiritual and business practices in line with spiritual justice and peace.
“Economic justice has been defined as “a set of moral principles for building economic institutions, the ultimate goal of which is to create an opportunity for each person to create a sufficient material foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive, and creative life beyond economics.” Therefore, an economic justice argument focuses on the need to ensure that everyone has access to the material resources that create opportunities, in order to live a life unencumbered by pressing economic concerns. Definitionally, this recalls the broader view of health expressed by the World Health Organization: “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In both cases, the pursuit of health and economic justice aspires to something
greater than simply physical well-being or financial solvency. The goal is, rather, to shape the fundamental conditions—i.e. higher incomes, or freedom from preventable disease—that allow people to live fulfilling, sustainable lives free from concerns about meeting
basic needs, or about falling into poor health.” (Source:
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Eight Levels of Charitable Giving
On an ascending level, they are as follows:
8. When donations are given grudgingly.
7. When one gives less than he should, but does so cheerfully.
6. When one gives directly to the poor upon being asked.
5. When one gives directly to the poor without being asked.
4. Donations when the recipient is aware of the donor’s identity, but the donor still doesn’t know the specific identity of the recipient.
3. Donations when the donor is aware to whom the charity is being given, but the recipient is unaware of the source.
2. Giving assistance in such a way that the giver and recipient are unknown to each other. Communal funds, administered by responsible people are also in this category.
- The highest form of charity is to help sustain a person before they become impoverished by offering a substantial gift in a dignified manner, or by extending a suitable loan, or by helping them find employment or establish themselves in business so as to make it unnecessary for them to become dependent on others.
Sources: Directly shared from Eight Levels of Charitable Giving (jewishvirtuallibrary.org). Based on Yad, Matanot Ani’im X 1?14; Shamash and Donin, Hayim. To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life. NY: Basic Books, 1991.