I realized that I wasn’t in the Kansas of the Jewish community anymore when there was a break at four o’clock in the afternoon and there wasn’t a morsel of food in sight. I was attending the Social Innovation Summit which brings together successful social entrepreneurs, funders, and corporations, to discuss how to translate the most innovative and effective practices from the private sector to the social sector. I trailed Nancy Lublin, CEO of … [Read more...] about At Home, and in the Streets
by Todd Cohen Nonprofits face a crisis in their organizational “capacity,” and their boards and funders need to step up to help address it. Traditionally expected to do more with less, nonprofits are strained to the limit because of the wounded economy, with many of them at serious risk of failure. Facing rising demand for services because the economy has hammered their clients, nonprofits also have had to cut their budgets, freeze or … [Read more...] about Nonprofit Capacity Needs More Investment
by Stefanie Zelkind As Hanukkah approaches, parents and educators are challenged to get beyond the presents and the hype and make the holiday meaningful. Many try to shift the focus from receiving to giving, as children organize toy drives, teenagers volunteer at soup kitchens, and families shop together to buy presents for those in need. But Hanukkah is only eight days long. Aren’t we selling our children short to teach them that giving … [Read more...] about Turning the Season of Giving into a Lifetime of Leadership
by Stuart Zweiter Jewish day schools are the incubators for the Jewish community's future leadership; they are the fertile soil that will nurture and support a flourishing Jewish community. How can we maximize the potential, the strength, stability and sustainability of these precious institutions? Enhancing the work of teachers and school leaders is the only consequential road to developing strong schools. All of the research, bar none, … [Read more...] about Are We Not on the Wrong Track?
by Dan Perla If you ask a large group of parents whose children attend a Jewish day school to name the most pressing school issue on their mind, they will almost certainly utter the same word - AFFORDABILITY. Simply put, for a large group of parents, a day school education in the U.S. and Canada has become unaffordable. The average day school tuition nationally is approximately $14,000 and has increased at a 3%-6% percent annualized rate over … [Read more...] about Middle Income Affordability Programs: A Promising Frontier in Day School Affordability