Giving like the good ole days
Yes, we use modern tools that help us reach more people, faster. But the beating heart of the group is immediate, direct giving to people with urgent needs. Just like it used to be.
One couple felt the urge to contribute a sum to a meaningful cause, but wasn’t sure where to put their funds. As MO members, they decided the next time a raise was posted for a wedding, they would take upon themselves a substantial portion of the cost. Not 24 hours later, a raise was posted — “coincidentally,” for a wedding. The couple immediately donated a large sum, feeling that “Hashem must have been listening to our conversation.”
A newlywed couple was unable to make ends meet. When their apartment got flooded, the situation became dire. We raised 3 months of rent (plus the cost of a table and chairs). The case resonated strongly with one member who was in the midst of a dark period with one of her own children. After her initial contribution, this member purchased a refrigerator for the couple of her own initiative, in an effort to "spread light and counter our darkness."
One regular MO giver reached out about the father of a Jerusalem family temporarily unable to pay rent and with a tremendous amount of debt. We posted a heartfelt message, and the funds were raised immediately. So inspired by the message and people's generosity, this member took upon himself to cover the entire cost of a simultaneous raise we were running—₪10K to cover the electric bill of a family he had never met!
One member gives consistently—$5 towards each MO raise. When he unexpectedly lost his job, it was the thought of all those $5 donations and the merit he knew they had created for him that gave him the strength to go looking for new work instead of sinking into despair. It wasn't long before he found new employment. (He continues to give $5 towards every raise, happily.)
A MO member had been setting aside cash for hachnasas kallah for an extended period of time. When the time came to donate the funds, he began looking for the right-fit opportunity. He decided to reach out to Donny and ask if he knew of a kallah in need. As he picked up his phone to send the message, he saw a live raise posted to the MO group...for hachnasas kallah.
We posted the thank you message we received after a particularly heart-wrenching raise for a woman whose husband had walked out leaving her with no skills, 10 children, and hundreds of thousands in debt. One member was so moved by the message and the woman's situation, he immediately gave her a $50K lump sum and committed to giving her a yearly stipend of $10K from now on.
There is no minimum (every dollar or shekel helps!) and zero commitment.
In the event that money was raised beyond the original requested amount, Mitzvah Opportunity reserves the right to allocate those excess funds towards a future campaign or to other families in need. This decision is based on discussions with halachic authorities.
Yes. Donations are made to an organization where a tax receipt — either Israel seif 46 or the U.S. 501c3 — can be obtained.
These are the three primary ways:
(1) People who have been supporting families on their own—sometimes for years or even decades—bring a need forward when they are short on funds.
(2) Local community leaders bring forward needs from their kehila, which they have personally verified.
(3) A local charitable organization will reach out when a family on their roster is faced with additional expenses that the organization is unable to provide for (like moving expenses, a new oven, etc.).
We respectfully request that Donny's personal number NOT be given out to those in need of funds. Should you have a Mitzvah Opportunity, please take the initiative to be the point of contact, or better yet, start your own Mitzvah Opportunity group!
Yes. Any raise posted to the group has been thoroughly vetted—we check references, speak to or meet the recipients, and go to great lengths to ensure the case's legitimacy. That said, we cannot provide an absolute guarantee and there is still a certain degree of trust involved at the end of the day.
Our focus is on verified cases of essential, immediate needs for individuals and families in Israel only.
In addition, we do not support social media campaigns or organization campaigns.
First, join the Mitzvah Opportunity WhatsApp group. Every raise will be posted there with a link. To make a donation, send a WhatsApp message to the link with the amount you want to donate + the currency (e.g. 50 NIS or 15 USD). You will receive a reply with a donation link. After the donation is made, you will get a donation receipt by email. It's that simple.