Last month, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) travelled with a group of young professionals from the Greater Boston area to Kenya as part of a new Israel engagement initiative called Project Inspire. Participants learn about Israel’s global innovation and grassroots impact up close, and explore how ingenuity and entrepreneurship can combat poverty, tackle injustice, and build a safer and more just world. After the study tour, each participant … [Read more...] about Head. Heart. Hands.
By Eric M. Robbins In a recent article, Talk is Cheap, several challenges facing Federations today are brought to the forefront. These include operating inefficiencies, partisanship, shifting giving trends and affiliation rates - just to name a few. The author correctly identified all of these challenges, and further pointed out that they have been building up over years, but he makes one critical omission: Federations across North America are … [Read more...] about Flying into the 21st Century
By Avital Ingber On Friday, August 25, 2017, people across Houston returned to their homes and hunkered down to prepare for the inevitable. Hurricane Harvey would soon make landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast and spend the next four days dropping 51 inches of rain – more than a year’s worth – over the greater Houston area. As the rain fell, the water in the bayous and tributaries continued to rise until they could no longer contain the deluge. … [Read more...] about Lessons from Houston, A Year After Harvey
By Brianna Pecsok A year ago, I boarded a plane, taking the first steps on my journey as the first Cincinnati Fellow in Israel. It’s been a whirlwind of a year filled with exceptional successes as well as challenges. What Does Success Look Like? Through Partnership2Gether (P2G), about 450 Jewish and Israeli communities are connected through 46 city-to-city and region-to-region partnerships, including Cincinnati and Netanya. Each … [Read more...] about Success with a Dose of Reality: Cincy Fellow in Israel Reflects on Program’s Inaugural Year
[This essay is part of a series from leaders in the field of Jewish philanthropy, who will offer reactions and analyses to Jack Wertheimer’s report, Giving Jewish: How Big Funders Have Transformed American Jewish Philanthropy, commissioned and released earlier this year by The AVI CHAI Foundation.] By Andrés Spokoiny Jack Wertheimer’s study, Giving Jewish, alongside the other work of The AVI CHAI Foundation that supports and contextualizes … [Read more...] about Independent Funders and Federations: Bound Together and Bound to Change