[This essay by Jack Wertheimer will be followed by a series of pieces from leaders in the field of Jewish philanthropy, who will offer reactions and analyses to 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 Jack Wertheimer The Jewish philanthropic sphere, much like the wider world of American giving, is undergoing … [Read more...] about Philanthropic Accountability is a Two-Way Street
By Moshe Hecht The verdict is in: the people of the nonprofit world are ready for a radical shift. I’m not talking about some nicely-folded policy changes or yet another charity app - I’m talking about a complete perestroika of the existing nonprofit landscape. Everywhere I go, people are talking about just how fed up they are with the ancient practices, low wages, low overhead, and other pressing issues of our industry. But short of some … [Read more...] about Can Change Really Come to the Third Sector?
By Una Osili and Sasha Zarins Following years of steady growth that has tracked the performance of a generally healthy economy, U.S. charitable giving has reached an all-time high at a time when the share of Americans who make donations is falling. But as a lead researcher and an author of the latest Giving USA report, which the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy researches and writes in partnership with the Giving USA … [Read more...] about Fewer Americans are Giving Money to Charity but Total Donations are at Record Levels Anyway
By Deborah Kaplan Polivy, Ph.D. Endowment fundraising is not difficult. As a matter of fact, in order to provide donors with the most varied opportunities to participate philanthropically with an organization, endowment building needs to be a part of almost all fundraising efforts. Admittedly, it does not belong in every organization especially new not for profits. The first step to adopting endowment development is to eliminate obfuscating … [Read more...] about Endowment Development is Just Another Opportunity to Donate
By Moshe Hecht You know when you’re at a meeting, and the person leading said meeting keeps throwing around a term over and over again, and you’re just sitting there, scratching your head thinking, what the heck are you saying?! Well that’s me. I sit on the board of a local nonprofit. I love it. It’s a great org with great people, and I’m crazy about everything they do. What I’m not so crazy about is this phrase that keeps popping up … [Read more...] about What the Heck is a “Culture of Philanthropy”?