Helpful Insights From a Working Funder Collaborative

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By Ellen Irie and Reuben Posner Recently, a group of 15 different organizations (15!) released a case study - Finding New Paths for Teen Engagement and Learning: A Funder Collaborative Leads the Way - detailing the two-years they’ve spent working together, learning about and investing in Jewish teen education and engagement initiatives. There are a litany of insights and interesting lessons to pull from the study, which we believe are beneficial to organizations well beyond the Jewish teen education and engagement arena (and even beyond the Jewish education arena). In fact, funders in all philanthropic sectors are increasingly pooling or coordinating funding for greater impact, or to address particularly challenging social and environmental problems. Because of this trend in collaborative … [Read more...]

Jewish Funders Network Releases “Handbook for Funder Collaborations”

The Jewish Funders Network (JFN) has released a new study focused on funder collaborations. The “Handbook for Funder Collaborations” is a compilation of research conducted by JFN that provides a comprehensive review of existing studies, articles, and in-depth interviews with 27 stakeholders in Israel. While the Handbook focuses on collaborations based in Israel, most examples include Israeli and American funders working together, and the lessons are relevant to any cross-cultural partnership. Funder collaborations are effective tools that multiply efforts, and build unique models to achieve common goals in order to maximize impact. The process of collaborating creates opportunities to move beyond the work of a single actor by bridging gaps, and bringing together different players who share the … [Read more...]

Your Organization’s Best New Asset: A Giving Circle

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This is the final article in a series about giving circles. Giving circles, groups who pool donations and decide together which causes to support, are a powerful tool for providing anyone - at any age, in any place, at any giving level - with access to an exciting, intentional giving experience. Giving circle members learn and do something about the issues that mean the most to them within their community of friends, family, fellow program alumni - anyone. As part of our effort to expand and strengthen giving circles in the Jewish community, Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement is proud to present this seven-part series to help you start and sustain a giving circle inspired by Jewish values. This series draws upon Amplifier’s Resource Library and the experiences of dozens of giving … [Read more...]

The Cross-Fertilization of Finance and Philanthropy

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[We are pleased to introduce this series of six articles as a companion to the book by Steven L Meyers, Personalized Philanthropy: Crash the Fundraising Matrix and Make the Real Shift to Donor-Focused Giving. While that book was written primarily for gift officers and professional advisors, these articles are written to share with donors – hopefully to begin a new conversation about philanthropy with clients/donors who ardently wish to support their most treasured charities. The articles aim to introduce some of the basic concepts of Personalized Philanthropy, a powerful new and tested model for charitable planning which challenges conventional fundraising practices in bridging current and future giving so that donor impact and recognition may begin immediately and scale up over time.] The … [Read more...]

Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital Receives $20m Gift to Create New DC Middle School

The only Jewish day school in Washington, DC has received a $20 million gift commitment to build a new middle school on its upper 16th Street campus. The gift, from Alfred Moses and The Gottesman Fund to the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital (JPDS-NC), is among the largest of its kind to a Washington-area independent school or to any Jewish day school in the nation. “It is my hope that the addition of a middle school at JPDS-NC will deepen the education and knowledge of the next generation of Jewish day school students and enhance Jewish life in our nation’s capital,” said Alfred Moses, one of the two donors who jointly committed the 20 million dollars toward the middle school. “This gift is a game-changer for JPDS-NC and propels us forward in serving the Jewish community,” … [Read more...]

How Generation Z ‘Shakes Up’ Philanthropy

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This article is Part 6 in a series about giving circles. Giving circles, groups who pool donations and decide together which causes to support, are a powerful tool for providing anyone - at any age, in any place, at any giving level - with access to an exciting, intentional giving experience. Giving circle members learn and do something about the issues that mean the most to them within their community of friends, family, fellow program alumni - anyone. As part of our effort to expand and strengthen giving circles in the Jewish community, Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement is proud to present this seven-part series to help you start and sustain a giving circle inspired by Jewish values. This series draws upon Amplifier’s Resource Library and the experiences of dozens of giving … [Read more...]

Relationship Building Using the Donor Advised Fund

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By Avrum Lapin and Benjamin Ginsberg A recent article posted on insidephilanthrophy.com titled “Wall St.’s Charitable Gold Rush,” posited that donor advised funds are tools only for the very wealthy and that they enable the well-heeled to siphon much needed funding away from nonprofit organizations. In fact, the author goes so far as to label DAF’s the “kudzu of philanthropy.” We could not disagree more. Against a panoply of evidence that charitable giving has increased, the author contends that people are not, in fact, giving more to charity, but rather individuals are merely directing their giving to donor advised funds (DAFs), thereby causing a decrease in revenue directed to nonprofit organizations. Moreover, the author calls DAF fund distributions “laughably low” and argues that DAFs … [Read more...]

The Wexner Foundation at 30 – Leading on Leadership

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By Andrés Spokoiny John F. Kennedy once said that “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” JFK probably didn’t know, but his statement was profoundly Jewish for, in Judaism, leadership and learning are inextricably linked. This quote came serendipitously to my attention this week, as we prepare to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wexner Foundation, which, by putting this principle to practice, has been transforming communities across North America since its inception. One important value in Judaism that is, regrettably, not practiced enough is the principle of “hakarat hatov,” recognizing and celebrating what is good. We excel at whining, and we win world championships of criticism. Yet, we barely celebrate our successes. In this case, celebrating the success of … [Read more...]