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Staying Afloat

By Anthony Weiss

With food and oil prices skyrocketing, the stock and housing markets in tatters, and the threat of a recession looming on the horizon, now is not the easiest time to ask donors to open their checkbooks. Across the country, these economic ills are being felt not only by individuals and families, but also by a whole range of Jewish institutions, from synagogues to food banks to social service not-for-profits that depend upon the generosity of donors to stay afloat. As a result, not-for-profits are looking for ways to get creative so that they can make it through the hard times and carry out their missions.Read More


Continuing Their Mission, Jewish Hospitals Reinvest in Philanthropy

By Robert Katz

In eight American cities, there are grant-making foundations created from the sale of Jewish hospitals, with combined assets in excess of $1 billion. For American Jewry, these foundations are the most important legacy of the Jewish hospital movement, one of American history’s most ambitious undertakings in Jewish philanthropy.Read More


Nonprofit Urges Humane Investments

By Jeri Zeder

When it comes to changing the world, sometimes how you invest is as important as how much you invest.Read More


Viral Philanthropy Starts To Spread

By Andrew Keshner

Hoping to raise money for a three-day bike ride over Labor Day to benefit the Jewish environmental organization Hazon, Ariela Pelaia turned to her blog.Read More


Agencies Lobby To Make Tax Incentive Permanent

By Nathan Guttman

With one of the most significant tax incentives for charitable giving set to expire by the end of the year, philanthropies and foundations are pushing lawmakers to make the tax relief permanent, allowing senior citizens to continue to transfer to charitable causes, tax free, funds from their individual retirement accounts.Read More


New Fund Gives Young Jews a Place at the Table

By Rebecca Spence

When a group of 20-somethings formed a fund to give money to innovative Jewish not-for-profit groups, their project itself was, in an ironic twist, an innovation in Jewish philanthropy.Read More


Grant Rewards Innovation in Seattle

By Daniel Levisohn

The Jewish community of Seattle is tapping into the city’s entrepreneurial spirit by taking a risk on innovative programs designed to transform local Jewish life.Read More


Fellowships Aim To Boost Jewish Studies Programs

By Eli Rosenblatt

The Foundation for Jewish Culture, in partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, recently announced the launch of the Jewish Studies Expansion Project, a pioneering program aimed at improving and diversifying Jewish studies course offerings at colleges and universities across the nation.Read More


Students Donate Time and Money on ‘Alternative Breaks’

By Leora Falk

Winter vacations and spring breaks afford college students a chance to catch up on lost sleep or to work on their tans. But this year, growing numbers of Jewish students will donate some of their vacation time — as well as their money — to perform community service.Read More


Program Helps Families Write New Chapter in Jewish Literacy

By Eli Rosenblatt

When country music legend Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library program 11 years ago, she began sending free books to young families in Tennessee to promote literacy. The program has grown enormously over the past decade, shipping books and educational materials to more than 330,000 children who otherwise might not have the opportunity to cultivate a passion for reading.Read More





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