by Joshua Avedon and Shawn Landres Last week the Jewish innovation ecosystem suffered the first loss of a keystone organization since the economic ice age began. The Professional Leaders Project (PLP) is the premier independent entity for developing and educating the next generation of Jewish leaders, both volunteer and professional. One thing is clear. PLP's mission of "turning leadership over to the next generation" will live on, most … [Read more...] about Viva PLP!
At last Sunday's Limmud FSU event in WestHampton, I had the privilege to meet Yoram Dori, a senior adviser to President Shimon Peres. Here are his thoughts on the event. I didn't know much about Limmud FSU. About Matthew Bronfman I knew a bit more. I knew he was involved with Israeli banks. Banks annoy me. And I knew he was an owner of IKEA in Israel. This is also not one of my favorites, because my credit cards seem to work overtime … [Read more...] about What I Learned in the Hamptons
Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO, GuideStar: ...donors will increasingly want to make sure that their contributions are being spent well and making an impact. Increased donor expectations will require nonprofits to be better at demonstrating their efficiency and effectiveness. In other words, the bar is being raised. Today, transparency and accountability are characteristics that are required and expected. They are not options. Increased … [Read more...] about Raising the Bar in Nonprofit Effectiveness
As a Jewish community volunteer and part-time critic, I often vacillate between hopefulness and concern. From the volunteer perspective, I experience moments of enrichment that sustain my belief that Jewish differences can be made and the promise of the Jewish people can be kept. As a critic, I find myself compelled to question not the merit of our Jewish communal efforts, but the quality of our Jewish communal experiences? But while I may … [Read more...] about Response to Dr. Sarna: We have a mission; communal life must be about meaning
Gail Hyman warned recently in this space about the temptations of taking on projects that fall outside one’s mission. There’s another danger that is potentially more serious: defining mission so narrowly that an organization can’t adapt to changing needs and circumstances. The textbook example is American railroads. In the 19th century they bound the young country together while making huge sums of money for legendary multimillionaires like … [Read more...] about Adapt or Die