By Stephen G. Donshik A Passion for a People: Lessons from the Life of a Jewish Educator Published by Melitz, 2017, Jerusalem A great deal has been researched, written, and discussed about Jewish identity and Jewish peoplehood over the last twenty-five years. Countless professors, rabbis, educators, researchers, and communal professionals have addressed the challenges, problems, and opportunities the Jewish people are confronting in the … [Read more...] about Reviewing: A Passion for a People: Lessons from the Life of a Jewish Educator by Avraham Infeld
A Review of American Interests in the Holy Land: Revealed in Early Photographs From 1840 - 1940: The Perfect Gift By Stephen G. Donshik (American Interests in the Holy Land: Revealed in Early Photographs From 1840 to 1940 by Lenny Ben-David. Urim Publications, 2017, New York) One of the tasks that most Jewish organizations confront on a regular basis is how to most meaningfully thank those people who have volunteered their time and … [Read more...] about Saying Thank You to Board Members and Volunteers
By Stephen G. Donshik (The Donor Lifecycle Map: A Model for Fundraising Success by Deborah Kaplan Polivy, Charity Channel Press, 2017, Nashville) In 2014, Dr. Deborah Kaplan Polivy wrote a book about the donor lifecycle (see a review of Donor Cultivation and the Donor Lifecycle Map), in which she presented a creative way to build and strengthen nonprofit organizations’ approach to resource development. In her new book she offers a … [Read more...] about Retooling Your Organization’s Approach to Resource Development: A Review of The Donor Lifecycle Map: A Model for Fundraising Success
By Stephen Donshik (Leading Congregations and Nonprofits in a Connected World: Platforms, People, and Purpose by Hayim Herring and Terri Martinson Elton; Rowman & Littlefield, 2017, New York) Every once in a while a book appears that calls out to be read by leaders, board members, committee members, and staff of new, emerging, and existing congregations and nonprofits - and this is such a book. This book is so helpful in this … [Read more...] about Creating, Renewing, and Leading Nonprofits in the 21st Century: A Review
By Stephen G. Donshik eJewish Philanthropy Originally published Feb. 2013 I have been approached to clarify who has the responsibility for governance and accountability in the nonprofit organization. What are the functions of a board of directors, a board of governors, or a board of trustees? What is the difference between the bodies, given that the terms are often used interchangeably? What role does an advisory board or professional … [Read more...] about Governance and Accountability: Who Is Responsible?