"What should I do?" you wonder. The economic crisis has eroded your assets and earnings, leaving you with less money for philanthropy. The community foundation, university, hospital and museum to which you always contribute are asking you to consider an increased gift this year due to their own depressed financial situation. At the same time, a close friend introduced you to a social entrepreneur who is seeking seed money for an innovative … [Read more...] about Young and Old: Innovative Start-up Projects vs. Established Institutions
We think... by David Roth and Ardie Geldman What should be the relationship between the nonprofit and public sectors? What are the roles of philanthropy and government? In a democratic country, which one knows best what is in the public's best interests? Which one is most capable of meeting the public's needs? To answer these questions, we will discuss recent trends, explore the pros and cons of different government and philanthropic … [Read more...] about Private and Public
...financial due diligence can reduce risks of philanthropic giving by David Roth and Ardie Geldman Dollars are dear The ongoing economic crisis has made philanthropic dollars more precious. Demand for nonprofit programs and services and for the financial resources to carry them out far outstrips supply. Further, no one knows when the crisis will end. Nonprofits that manage to stay afloat this year on a shoestring budget may face even … [Read more...] about Beware of Throwing Good Money After Bad
We think... The role of "American Friends of ..." organizations in overseeing their grants to the Israeli affiliate by David Roth and Ardie Gelman You may have noticed that American donors and foundations that fund programs and projects in Israel outside of the Federation/UJC framework usually make the actual contribution to an "American Friends of" organization rather than directly to the Israeli amutah (nonprofit organization). The … [Read more...] about If You Have an American Friends Organization, Do It Right
by David Roth and Ardie Geldman Together with much of the world's economy, the Jewish world is a financial mess. Along with others it endured last spring's sub-prime mortgage meltdown, lived through the autumn failures of financial giants Bear Stearns and Lehman Bros. where many major supporters of Jewish and Israeli causes lost jobs, and emerged only to confront the winter's coups de grâce, the shocking and embarrassing $50 billion Madoff … [Read more...] about Is Support for Israel a Luxury?