by Susan Weidman Schneider In the touristy areas of the French Quarter, which was relatively unscathed by Katrina, New Orleans streets are full of buskers. By the dozens, these street performers enact all kinds of feats: lumber balancing, group singing, break dancing, rapping; at least this was the assortment I took in when I was there a few months ago. One act was particularly stunning. Two men in eye-catching silver costumes, their bodies … [Read more...] about Women and Money: a Few Thoughts on How We Give It, Ask for It, Earn It, Spend It
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by Michael J. Weil Richard Marker’s article in eJewish Philanthropy on funding intermediaries raises interesting questions regarding Federations. If we view Jewish Federations simply as a money making machine based solely on the annual campaign, then he is right that the writing is on the wall. Most Federation annual campaigns are at best flat and at worst slowly declining while the number of donors has continually been … [Read more...] about Adapting to the Future: The Changing but Critical Role of Federations
Uhm… no. Probably not. The Jerusalem Post coverage of the recent GA in New Orleans verily gushed at the conference’s convergence of youth inclusivity and technology when it reported “…over 700 students, of course, meant over 1,400 thumbs eager to communicate with fellow electronic communicators. And so, the scene was set for a semi-underground burst of chatter on Twitter throughout the sessions.” Florence Broder, who tweets on behalf of … [Read more...] about Will Social Media Save the Jews?
by Yonatan Ben-Dor The New Orleans GA hosted for the second year an e-philanthropy institute, and I was invited to be part of a panel which also featured the Vice President of Blue State Digital, the company that developed Obama's billion dollar online fundraising campaign. There were 100 seats in the room, and barely half were filled. I found this ironic, as the two panels I attended the day before - next-gen engagement and disruptive … [Read more...] about The Young Jewish Donor in the Philanthropic Free Market: Lessons from the GA
From remarks at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, Nov. 9 by Edmund C. Case. Intermarriage is a huge reality for the Jewish community. Half of Jews are intermarrying, which means that two-thirds of new Jewish households are intermarried; half of young Jewish adults have intermarried parents. The Jewish community has choices: it can take steps to engage interfaith couples; it can ignore them and let them drift … [Read more...] about Can the Jewish Community Encourage In-Marriage and Welcome Interfaith Families?