The Jewish Funders Network announced this past Tuesday its plan to open a permanent branch office here in Israel. The decision will allow JFN to better meet the needs of its growing membership in Israel.
According to JFN President Mark Charendoff, “Our ability to open an office in this location marks a new stage of maturity for the Israeli philanthropic community. It will offer a place for Israel based funders to come together to compare experience, access, information and create partnerships.”
The organization set a new record of attendance this week at its annual conference in Jerusalem as members from Australia, Canada, Europe, Israel, South Africa, the former Soviet Union and the U.S. convened for several days of meetings and site visits to Israeli-based philanthropic projects.
“There has been marked growth in Israeli philanthropy over the last ten years,” said JFN Member, Oudi Recanati, “we are now able to help ourselves and to support projects dear to us on our own and in partnership with other funders worldwide. My hope is that the opening of this office will bring further cooperation between Israelis and the rest of the Jewish world around the pleasures of giving and helping.”
As the number of Jewish foundations and individual funders has grown (more than doubling in total assets over the past seven years to approximately $30 billion in the United States alone) so has the need for a dynamic international network of philanthropic leaders.
With its unrivaled network and ever-growing store of knowledge, JFN provides funders with the means to enhance their intellectual capital, energize their giving, and form powerful new collaborations.
about: The Jewish Funders Network (JFN) is an international organization of foundations, philanthropies, and funders dedicated to advancing the quality and growth of philanthropy rooted in Jewish values. JFN’s members include independent philanthropists, foundation trustees and foundation professionals.
updated April 9th