By Robert H. Isaacs Imagine that you are the president of one of our Jewish communal institutions, e.g., a synagogue, Jewish community center, etc., which has identified $10 million in capital and endowment needs. Your organization moves forward with a major fundraising initiative to secure the necessary funding and as you begin your campaign, two donors step forward, each making a $5 million dollar commitment. Now, having met your identified … [Read more...] about The Impact of Major Gifts and the Importance of Broad Participation
By Robert Evans Two critical gatherings of American synagogue leaders attracted major support and interest from a significant percentage of Reform and Conservative congregations in recent days. The Biennial of the Reform Movement attracted an estimated 6,000 delegates in Boston; the Conservative movement’s convention in Atlanta, while on a significantly smaller scale, attracted representatives of several hundred congregations across North … [Read more...] about PERSONAL OPINION: Reform & Conservative Congregational Leaders Show Passion & Renewed Commitment!
By Robert H. Isaacs Like so many Americans, Jews sit down at year’s end to make decisions about many of their charitable gifts. While we may be guided by the Jewish calendar or a fiscal calendar, it is often the secular calendar that determines when we make most of our charitable gifts. And the final quarter of the secular year is an important time for nonprofits, particularly the month of December. It is the time when many Americans review … [Read more...] about As the Year Turns, Are You on the List?
By Robert Evans A just-released report examining charitable giving to houses of worship and other entities supporting religion suggests that Jewish households “are more generous than other households of other religious affiliations” and also notes that “35 percent of Jewish giving is directed to religious entities.” “Giving to Religion: A Giving USA Special Report” follows the June publication of the annual Giving USA announcement that … [Read more...] about Report offers New Perspectives on Giving to Religion; Jewish Giving to Synagogues Appears Strong
By Robert I. Evans One of the most frequently discussed topics addressed at almost every vibrant fundraising organization - especially at small-to-midsized organizations - today focuses on the value of research about prospects and the time and costs associated with obtaining relevant information about potential major gift prospects and what propels their giving. Jewish nonprofits are no exception and in many instances may be lagging in their … [Read more...] about Is There a Value to Wealth Screening?