Marvin I. Schotland


The Changing Nature of Jewish Philanthropy

By Marvin I. Schotland

In the early 1990s, the iconic Oldsmobile unveiled an advertising campaign trumpeting, “It’s not your father’s Oldsmobile.” The ad slogan was part of General Motors’ attempt to lure buyers back to a car make that had lost its way and become increasingly anachronistic. Would-be purchasers had turned away, associating the Olds with an earlier time and place — a vastly different generational view. The advertising tagline has since morphed into a pop culture catch-all for describing virtually anything new-fangled and changed, but it did nothing to make consumers favorably reconsider Oldsmobiles, which GM closed down early in this decade.Read More


Passion: A Renewable Energy Source for Philanthropists

By Marvin I. Schotland

Passion is the defining characteristic of effective philanthropists. It’s what separates people who “make donations” from people who make a substantial and lasting impact in the fields they choose to support.Passion isn’t limited to mega-donors. At all levels of giving, passionate philanthropists are energetic — they will roll up theirRead More






    Find us on Facebook!
    • British Jews are having their 'Open Hillel' moment. Do you think Israel advocacy on campus runs the risk of excluding some Jewish students?
    • "What I didn’t realize before my trip was that I would leave Uganda with a powerful mandate on my shoulders — almost as if I had personally left Egypt."
    • Is it better to have a young, fresh rabbi, or a rabbi who stays with the same congregation for a long time? What do you think?
    • Why does the leader of Israel's social protest movement now work in a beauty parlor instead of the Knesset?
    • What's it like to be Chagall's granddaughter?
    • Is pot kosher for Passover. The rabbis say no, especially for Ashkenazi Jews. And it doesn't matter if its the unofficial Pot Day of April 20.
    • A Ukrainian rabbi says he thinks the leaflets ordering Jews in restive Donetsk to 'register' were a hoax. But the disturbing story still won't die.
    • Some snacks to help you get through the second half of Passover.
    • You wouldn't think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the famed novelist once helped one man find his first love. http://jd.fo/f3JiS
    • Can you relate?
    • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
    • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
    • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
    • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
    • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
    • from-cache

    Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















    We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

    Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.