by Leah Meir “Jewish geography” is a favorite game among Jews who meet up anywhere - conferences, social gatherings, work meetings, street corners. You know the game questions: “So where are you from?” “No kidding, New Jersey! Do you know my brother (son, daughter, sister), who went to school (camp, college) there?” “Sure, I know your brother (son, daughter etc.) - We were really friendly at school (camp, college etc.)! I actually just … [Read more...] about Catalyzing Jewish Networks: How Can Jewish Schools and Camps Join In?
by Caryn Aviv As a sociologist, I’ve always been interested in what kind of frames and metaphors people use to talk about and galvanize collective social action. Innovation is a buzzword in the Jewish world, much the way the concept of ‘continuity’ exploded onto the Jewish communal agenda in the early 1990s. In a nutshell, here’s what I think innovation is not: A sector of the Jewish world An ecosystem A particular age demographic … [Read more...] about For Every Idea, a Nonprofit?
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