Unsung nonprofits are the big story by Todd Cohen It must be official: The “biggest event in philanthropy this year” was the pledge by 40 of the wealthiest Americans to donate at least half their wealth to charity, according to The New York Times in the annual report on giving it published last week. The so-called “giving pledge” by billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett is indeed important: In addition to generating a lot of media … [Read more...] about The Giving Pledge Isn’t the Biggest Philanthropy Event of 2010
by Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. Just as each election has its own outcomes and political message, each campaign builds upon the next. Mid-term elections create their own countervailing forces against the party in power, and more specifically, the disconnect among certain voters with Barack Obama within all demographic categories appears to have had an impact among Jewish voters, at least in certain congressional and senatorial elections across … [Read more...] about New Insights on Jewish Political Behavior: What Can We Take Away from the November 2010 Elections?
by Karen Klieger Sponder Is the Jewish community really saying that $20,000 a year is the “cost” of being a woman working for a Jewish organization? Over a thirty year career that is $600,000! “Holding constant age, years in the field, level of responsibility, hours worked, and degrees earned, women’s salaries still trail men’s by about $20,000- equivalent to what may be called ‘the net cost of being a woman in Jewish communal life’” reads … [Read more...] about $600K Question: Why are Women Earning $20K Less per Year
by Marc Blattner I recently read in The New Yorker, James Surowiecki’s article, The Next Level, that in essence talked about the concept of “customer drift” - when small factors initially tip the balance in favor of a new company over the old. The example used is Blockbuster Video. Blockbuster, which dominated the movie rental business with convenient locations, solid inventory management, and a known brand, is now (unbelievably) almost … [Read more...] about Does the Jewish World Have an Internal Constituency Problem?
by Elan Burman It was with great interest that I read the thought-provoking article by Shannon Sarna and Ruthie Warshenbrot. Simply, the results of the Jewish Community Heroes competition are startling. There can be no argument that the role of women in shaping every facet of today’s Jewish tapestry is both monumental and profound. Similarly, it is self-evident that women who have chosen to make the Jewish community their professional arena … [Read more...] about A Response to “Jewish Community: Zero?”