By Will Schneider I work for one of the most active philanthropists in Jewish life today, and part of my job is to oversee PJ Library’s relationship with more than 135 Jewish Federations in the United States and Canada. So the recent discussions on eJP about the demise of the Federation system and rise of the mega-donor obviously caught my attention. These articles and their comments reach consensus in three different areas: 1) the value of … [Read more...] about Can There Be Symbiosis Between the Federations and Mega-Donors?
By Winnie Sandler Grinspoon Over the past decade, more than 250,000 families in North America have signed up their children to receive free Jewish-themed books and resources each month from PJ Library®. At a time when religious affiliation is down by traditional measures across faiths, why is a Jewish program for children attracting so many followers? The Harold Grinspoon Foundation recently commissioned an independent evaluation to find … [Read more...] about PJ Library Family Study: How 25,000 Families Experience Jewish Life in the U.S. and Canada
By Andrés Spokoiny At the recent Jewish Funders Network conference, I sat down with two living legends of philanthropy: Harold Grinspoon and Charles Bronfman. My job was to interview them and find a common thread between their charitable works. These two men have very broad philanthropic interests, but they are each best known for one of two programs that have, in the last couple of decades, transformed the Jewish world: Birthright Israel … [Read more...] about How to Change the World: A Conversation with Charles Bronfman and Harold Grinspoon
By Catriella Freedman It was more than four years ago, and I remember stifling a laugh when a colleague of mine referred to Jewish tweens as “underserved.” I had just started my work at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, exploring ways to expand PJ Library to older kids. While our team realized that in developing this next chapter we would need to engage kids in the process from the very beginning, it was still hard for me to think about 9-11 … [Read more...] about PJ Our Way™: Engaging Tweens on their Own Terms
Let’s declare a moratorium on new Big Ideas and look at the possible Near Ideas that abound in our community. By Andrés Spokoiny If I had a penny for every time someone talked to me about creating “the next Birthright” or “the next PJ library,” I’d be a millionaire. While these aspiring innovators are well-intentioned, what many are really saying is, “I want to be the inventor, the genius that comes up with the next great idea.” At the … [Read more...] about The Next Big Thing, or the Next Near Thing?