Jewish Funders Network (JFN) has released an update to their 2016 document Funders and Power: Principles for Honorable Conduct in Philanthropy. The new language declares funders’ responsibilities to “ensure the personal safety, dignity, and equality of all people.” They made the revision following conversations sparked by the #MeToo movement. What's new The new section reads: 8. Ensure the personal safety, dignity, and equality of all … [Read more...] about Responding to the #MeToo Movement, an update to Funders & Power
By Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. If individuals lead entities in the for-profit, nonprofit or governmental sectors, should they be held to a higher standard of ethical accountability? This perennial question is worth examining, especially when they lead powerful or influential entities that can have a direct positive or negative impact on our lives. For me, the answer is a clear, “Yes!” and there are others who have studied dimensions of … [Read more...] about Should Leaders be Held to a Higher Ethical Standard?
By David Teutsch, Mira Wasserman and Deborah Waxman The #metoo campaign is an unprecedented demonstration of the difference that good people can make when they come together to seek justice. From Hollywood to Congress, powerful people are reckoning with patterns of abuse and domination that went unaddressed for generations. The outpouring of truth-telling has already toppled perpetrators in politics, entertainment, and the media. This is a … [Read more...] about B’tselem Elohim: Jewish Ethics, Sexual Harassment and the Workplace of the Future
By Dr. Hal M. Lewis It is hard to recall a time when the interest in “conflicts of interest” has so dominated the American political landscape. During the campaign season we were inundated with allegations of improprieties from both the Clinton and Trump Foundations. And now on the eve of the inauguration, news feeds brim with talk of divestitures, dissolutions, blind trusts, and LLCs. In the weeks since the election, many learned for the … [Read more...] about In the Interest of Conflicts
Recent years have witnessed a degradation of public discourse in the Jewish world. Even with the best of intentions, funders can sometimes exacerbate fractures in the community. Seeing this problem, a diverse group of Jewish funders came together under the auspices of Jewish Funders Network to discuss how Jewish funders can align Jewish philanthropy to Jewish values in the service of a vibrant and respectful Jewish community. The principles in … [Read more...] about Principles for Honorable Conduct in Jewish Philanthropy