Giving


Two-Way Giving

By Howard Shapiro

In October, they began. This time next year, they will have finished. In between, it’s a big commitment to become a docent. It takes a lot of knowledge and plenty of spare time.Read More


The Future of Jewish Philanthropy

By Jane Eisner

It’s hard to remember a “good year” in Jewish philanthropy, because needs always seem to outstrip even the most abundant resources. But this past year surely has been one of the most trying in recent memory. The global recession and the collapse of Bernard Madoff’s financial investments delivered a one-two punch with enough strength and velocity to leave the community battered and stunned.Read More


Next Generation Funders Seek a Partner in Change

By Will Schneider

I don’t have a crystal ball, but when I am asked what I think about the future of Jewish philanthropy, I am in the unique position of not having to guess. Working at the Slingshot Fund affords me the opportunity to spend every day with next-generation funders, who are working together to explore their Jewish identities, interests and commitments. Their work has given me a glimpse into the future and has already begun to shape the way Jewish philanthropy looks today. For the next-generation funders of Slingshot, the Jewish world looks very different than it did for previous generations of Jews in America.Read More


Non-profits Should Appeal to Grassroots

By Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

With Bernard Madoff safely in jail, and the economy technically in recovery, Jewish not-for-profits should now be optimistic about the future. The losses created by the collapse of Madoff’s pyramid scheme, though brutal to a handful of major donors and foundations that had invested heavily in his funds, were one-time losses. A year later, one would expect to see the Jewish not-for-profit sector as a whole regroup.Read More


Doing More With Less, and Doing Better

By Dana Raucher

At the end of last year, as the Madoff scandal and the economic crisis rocked the Jewish philanthropic world, a sense of near panic erupted within the Jewish community. It turns out that the big revelation was not that we were suddenly faced with a drastic reduction of communal resources; it was that there was a whole sector of Jewish organizations demonstrating that we could, in fact, do more with less.Read More


By the Numbers

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

As anyone who follows the news can tell you, America’s economy is on a roller coaster ride of purported recovery from the past year, which saw the deepest recession in decades. And as the economy goes, so goes American — and American Jewish —philanthropy.Read More


Federation Must Lead By Learning

By Jerry Silverman

It’s a popular blessing, or curse, depending on your viewpoint, often attributed to Confucius: “May you live in interesting times.” Well, we in the world of Jewish philanthropy are certainly living in interesting times.Read More


They Have Room to Spare for Those on Hospital Visits

By Linda Kriger

I first encountered Hosts for Hospitals last year when a volunteer for the group promoted the program at my synagogue, the Germantown Jewish Centre, in Philadelphia.Read More


A Self-Help Book for the Aspiring Philanthropist

By Jacob Berkman

‘The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan,” the new book penned by billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman, and the man who runs his foundation, Jeffrey Solomon, is something of a self-help book for the aspiring philanthropist.Read More


Philanthropic Young Jews Seek Same

By Laura Sinberg

Charity fundraisers in major cities across the country are quickly becoming an increasingly popular way for young Jewish singles — tired of the bar scene and JDate — to meet potential dates and help causes close to their hearts, all in one shot.Read More


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