by Annie Lumerman Growing up in St. Louis, it seemed like every Jew was either a doctor, a lawyer or a social worker. Kiddush was always a room full of doctors consulting lawyers consulting social workers. Even though I didn’t want an MD, JD or MSW, I liked that these professionals were able to make connections and help each other. The synagogue served as an open space to bring separate communities to work together outside of work. Like … [Read more...] about Reflections on NetWORKS: Sparks of Connectivity
by Shawn Landres The philanthropic paradigm that funded the organized Jewish community for much of the 20th century is in terminal crisis. Federated giving and allocation platforms no longer are the dependable revenue streams they once were. Within the organized Jewish community, at least three factors are challenging assumptions that governed donor behavior for generations: Increasing numbers of individual Jews question not only the … [Read more...] about From Giving to Impact Investing
Typically, I find that I, as with many of my colleagues who write about philanthropy, extrapolate from personal experience to develop insights into good grantmaking strategies, ethics, and impact. This time, however, the reverse is true: after years of grantmaking, and teaching about grantmaking, I have learned very important things about myself. The issue: the value of failure. For at least the last decade, anyone who has heard me speak … [Read more...] about How Philanthropy Taught Me to Embrace Failure: A Precondition to Success
by Paul Berger They make up about 10% of the American Jewish community, but no one is entirely sure how many Russian-speaking Jews there are in the United States. At a recent conference at Harvard University, the answer fluctuated from as high as 750,000 people to fewer than 500,000, depending on which expert took the podium. Sam Kliger of the American Jewish Committee gave the high estimate of 750,000, a figure that was subsequently … [Read more...] about How Many Russian Jews Live in the U.S.?
by Juan Mejia Rabbi Yehuda Hannasi said in Pirke Avot: “Be careful in performing a light mitzvah as a weighty one, for you know not the reward of each mitzvah.” In the area of philanthropy we could render his thought thusly: “Be mindful of small gifts as well as of big gifts, for you know not the impact of each gift.” Small gifts, which have the potential of being overlooked, end up silently building the lion´s share of American philanthropy, … [Read more...] about The Power of the Global Pushke