Giving


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


Foundations Weigh Options in Tough Economic Times

By Lana Gersten

In the continuing coverage of Wall Street woes, add Jewish foundations to the mix.Read More


Young Patients Find a Home Away From Home

By Rukhl Schaechter

In early September, Leora and Chagai Greenspan, a couple from Nahariya in northern Israel, brought their 2 1/2-year-old child to San Francisco for medical treatment. The child had a brain tumor, and the surgeon at San Francisco Medical Center was the only one they could find who was willing to perform the delicate surgery.Read More


Technologically Impaired?

By Monique Cuvelier

Honorary Member of the Tribe. Good for the Jewish people. Rabbi of technology. Three phrases I’ve heard more than once to describe myself.Read More


Giving Back: A Family Tradition

By Soriya Daniels

Oscar Feldenkreis, president and chief operating officer of Perry Ellis International, is on a mission that extends far beyond continuing to increase company profits. That is almost a fait accompli for this talented entrepreneur with a strong vision, a creative edge and a passion for his work. Since joining his father, George Feldenkreis, founder of this leading company in men’s apparel, Oscar has taken the company to new heights, expanding product categories, acquiring trademarks, growing the customer base and, in 1993, taking the company public, soaring profits to an unprecedented level.Read More


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


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