Are Tax Changes A Concern? by Robert I. Evans & Avrum D. Lapin Seemingly, not just the U.S. government is undergoing significant change these days. The world of (Jewish) philanthropy could be looking at a major transformation as well. Proposals to change the federal tax deductibility on charitable donations for individuals in top tax brackets may be one major issue that could challenge the existing paradigm. But amidst all of the … [Read more...] about Is Jewish Philanthropy in a Seismic Shift (#1)?
A key finding of the recent Jumpstart study of Jewish startups is that “startups say they would benefit most from mechanisms that lower administrative and operational costs.” One successful model for sharing costs is Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas. Bikkurim gives its resident organizations office space and professional support, and they form a community of innovators. In some ways it resembles Jumpstart’s own JSpace concept, which it … [Read more...] about Cost Sharing and Sustainability
During the past several weeks we have read about major staff reductions taking place across the Jewish world. Tens of valued professional Jewish communal workers along with competent and loyal administrative and support staff have received pink slips - in some cases they were given just two days notice to clear out their offices - as their jobs were being retrenched. These costs saving measures are not unique to Jewish organizations and have been … [Read more...] about The Ethics of Downsizing
by Bob Goldfarb It’s hardly news that philanthropists are reconsidering their priorities in the face of the economy’s woes. The move to provide for basic needs, for example, is a natural and laudable response to the jump in unemployment. It’s important, though, not to lose sight of the long-term welfare of the Jewish community, and that includes arts and culture. Jewish communal life stands on four pillars: education, religion, community, … [Read more...] about The Case for Arts and Culture
The American Jewish organizational world, like everyone else, is going through their share of staff cuts and realignment. Large international organizations including UJC and Hadassah were among the first. Sunday the URJ Board will vote on sweeping changes which will downsize the staff and change the way it relates to member organizations. Yeshiva University has also cut a significant number of positions. And in the past week two of the … [Read more...] about The Jewish World Lays Off