Giving


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


After Bar Mitzvahs, Teens Keep Giving

By Marissa Brostoff

Rebecca Schwartz was featured in the Forward’s Giving section three years ago, around the time of her bat mitzvah. Back then, she was one of the first to participate in Give a Mitzvah — Do a Mitzvah, a program that helps teenagers use their coming-of-age ceremony to help others.Read More


Virtual Tzedakah Box Collects Real Dollars

By Aaron Greenblatt

For decades, Jews have dropped loose change in those tzedakah boxes found on countertops in Jewish stores and in Hebrew schools. Now, one person is modernizing this charitable act for the 21st century.Read More


Nonprofits Mull Staff Shortages

By Rebecca Spence

After years of working with some of the most promising organizations in the rapidly expanding field of Jewish nonprofits, the staff at one of America’s largest Jewish family foundations noticed a disturbing trend: While dynamic and creative groups were cropping up everywhere, injecting Jewish communal life with renewed passion and commitment, the people needed to keep those very organizations going — the fund-raisers and development professionals — were in noticeably short supply.Read More


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