When I first entered the foundation field as a professional, I quickly learned that the most popular bon mot in the field was “you’ve met one foundation… you’ve met one foundation.” I heard it often, always with a self-satisfied smile, which affirmed the unique character, history, legacy, and style of each foundation. The message was clear: don’t assume you understand the field or that you should develop your approach based on the assumption that … [Read more...] about “you’ve met one foundation…”
Yesterday in New York, under the auspices of the Jewish Funders Network, thirty five of the largest Jewish foundations gathered for an emergency meeting to develop a plan that would anonymously help Jewish nonprofits affected by the year's ever-growing financial mess and help restore the community's faith in its values. With losses in the Jewish world estimated at $2.5 billion Mark Charendoff, JFN's president, indicated those in attendance were … [Read more...] about A Call to Action
Israel was the beneficiary of more international grants (825) and grant dollars ($106.4million) awarded to U.S. based international programs than any other country in the world. This according to International Grantmaking IV: An Update on U.S. Foundation Trends, a new report prepared by the Foundation Center in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. With total estimated U.S. foundation giving for international purposes a record $5.4 … [Read more...] about Israel at Top of International Grantee List
by Shawn Landres, Joshua Avedon and Lee Meyerhoff Hendler; originally published on huffingtonpost.com: Forget global warming. The ice age is coming. After a decade of philanthropic investment that has produced a flowering of innovation and social entrepreneurship not seen since the late 19th century, all signs point to a flash freeze. Over the past several months, a number of philanthropies have suspended new grant applications and … [Read more...] about Philanthropy’s New Ice Age: Will Social Innovation Survive the Freeze?
With Thanksgiving behind us we are now officially in the “end of year” giving season, that time of the year when Americans reach deeply into their pockets to help those who are less fortunate. It is a time of reflection, altruism and also that time of year when donors realize that the December 31st deadline to qualify for a tax deduction in the current year is only weeks away. December has always been a hectic philanthropic month, especially … [Read more...] about The Giving Season