Not only is the media filled with news stories about the events surrounding the Madoff scam, but we are seeing a great deal of second guessing, calls for Congressional hearings and more (not all nicely said). The economy has been in free-fall for a while and this, naturally, has been felt in the global philanthropic world. Yet, there are many who have not been hurt as much as others. Earlier in the week, two unrelated foundations indicated to … [Read more...] about Food for Thought
from an opinion piece by Claude Kandiyoti, publisher of Contact J, a monthly publication of the Belgian Jewish community: Here are three principles that served us well in the past, and that could help the Jewish world get over this crisis: For one, collective Jewish responsibility is global, not local. We should remember that each of us is committed to helping those who are far away as well as nearby. Second, we must coordinate so that … [Read more...] about Turning Crisis Into Opportunity
Let me set the stage with an abreviated story - one in which I have personal knowledge. It's about the venerable R.H. Macy's department store chain. Founded in 1858, it went through various periods of expansion and ownership through its first one hundred years. Macy's was known throughout the world, in no small part to the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street. But what drove Macy's success was the keen sense of merchandise carried … [Read more...] about Ulpan Etzion & JAFI: They Just Don’t Get It
Technology is fundamentally changing the philanthropic landscape. Online marketplaces, in particular, are leading the way by increasing transparency, enhancing interactivity, and reducing costs. Technology is permitting both donors and grantees to implement a host of new ideas and approaches. In some cases, these innovations merely make the current system more efficient. But in other ways, these innovations may well revolutionize the current … [Read more...] about Giving Online, Click by Click
Let me begin by saying that I really don't like the term "nextGen." It typically is simply the latest euphemism for "young leadership" or other ways in which established organizations try to entice those perceived to be too young to be true organizational leaders to develop a connection and commitment. Underlying it is a very patronizing concept. It says: you are not rich enough or not proven enough to really be worth listening to. We aren't … [Read more...] about NextGen – A Flawed Concept for our Times?