by Todd Cohen Nonprofits are consumed, often unproductively, with fundraising. They frequently invest precious dollars to hire the wrong people to chase the wrong money from the wrong donors using the wrong sales strategies and pitches. It is no wonder that over the past 40 years, charitable giving in the U.S. has barely budged from its 2 percent share of average household disposable income after taxes. Now, based on ideas from … [Read more...] about A Manifesto for Smarter Fundraising
by Annie Lumerman Growing up in St. Louis, it seemed like every Jew was either a doctor, a lawyer or a social worker. Kiddush was always a room full of doctors consulting lawyers consulting social workers. Even though I didn’t want an MD, JD or MSW, I liked that these professionals were able to make connections and help each other. The synagogue served as an open space to bring separate communities to work together outside of work. Like … [Read more...] about Reflections on NetWORKS: Sparks of Connectivity
by Shawn Landres The philanthropic paradigm that funded the organized Jewish community for much of the 20th century is in terminal crisis. Federated giving and allocation platforms no longer are the dependable revenue streams they once were. Within the organized Jewish community, at least three factors are challenging assumptions that governed donor behavior for generations: Increasing numbers of individual Jews question not only the … [Read more...] about From Giving to Impact Investing
Typically, I find that I, as with many of my colleagues who write about philanthropy, extrapolate from personal experience to develop insights into good grantmaking strategies, ethics, and impact. This time, however, the reverse is true: after years of grantmaking, and teaching about grantmaking, I have learned very important things about myself. The issue: the value of failure. For at least the last decade, anyone who has heard me speak … [Read more...] about How Philanthropy Taught Me to Embrace Failure: A Precondition to Success
by Paul Berger They make up about 10% of the American Jewish community, but no one is entirely sure how many Russian-speaking Jews there are in the United States. At a recent conference at Harvard University, the answer fluctuated from as high as 750,000 people to fewer than 500,000, depending on which expert took the podium. Sam Kliger of the American Jewish Committee gave the high estimate of 750,000, a figure that was subsequently … [Read more...] about How Many Russian Jews Live in the U.S.?