Giving


Ruth Messinger and Marilyn Sneiderman Are Odd Couple of Jewish Social Justice

By Sarah Seltzer

Ruth Messinger of AJWS and Marilyn Sneiderman of Avodah are friends, leaders — and roommates. Their apartment is a nexus of feminist Jewish social justice power.Read More


Millennial Giving Gets Jumpstart in Unexpected Way

By Miriam Berger

‘Cause for Change’ is an important book for anyone seeking to understand why millennial’s decentralized approach to giving matters.Read More


Neil Blumenthal Is Behind Each Pair of Distributed Warby Parker Glasses

By Margaret Eby

For every pair of glasses Warby Parker sells, it gives a pair to someone in need. The strategy is as clever as it is generous.Read More


Unpacking Why and How People Donate

By Amy Schiller

Uri Gneezy, a behavioral economist, uncovers why and how people donate in his new book, ‘The Why Axis.’Read More


Honest Tea’s Mission To Sell Less-Sugary Beverages Includes Philanthropy

By Curt Schleier

The creators of Honest Tea wanted to sell a natural, less sugary tea and do it in socially responsible way. Their commitment to altruism sometimes trumps the company’s sense of competition.Read More


How Talia Leman Built Charity Empire

By Curt Schleier

Talia Leman was 10 years old when she began her fundraising career, bringing in millions for Hurricane Katrina victims. She founded RandomKid to enable others to do the same.Read More


A Kick in the Pants for Jewish Projects

By Margaret Eby

‘Crowdfunding’ is quickly becoming the norm for grassroots funding of artists and inventors. Jewish projects have found their backing on sites like Kickstarter.Read More


Bigger Question Than Whether To Give

By Joel Berg

GIVING 2012: What is the best way to respond to panhandlers? An anti-hunger advocate says the Jewish social justice tradition compels us to redress the root causes of poverty.Read More


Offer Bread Instead of Money

By Abe Mezrich

GIVING 2012: Maimonidies wrote that if you don’t trust a man enough to give him charity, offer him some bread.Read More


Finding God in the Other

By Dan Friedman

GIVING 2012: How should panhandlers respond when we decline to give them money?Read More





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