In a recent JTA op-ed piece, Adene Sacks of the Jim Joseph Foundation shared a critical insight about the state of philanthropy and Jewish innovation. One the one hand, social entrepreneurs need support that “nurtures these early stage ventures into maturity and supports the growth of individual entrepreneurs into full leadership.” On the other hand, funders have become more strategic in their grantmaking, using grants primarily to achieve … [Read more...] about Building a Thriving Innovation Ecosystem
by Robert I. Evans & Avrum D. Lapin Obtaining financial support for non-profit organizations has always required unique approaches, looking for the next set of creative ideas and methods to tap into pockets of financial resources. Long considered “trail blazers” in mobilizing support for myriad non-profit organizations of all types and sizes, the Jewish community has often introduced exactly those innovations that become the “new angle” to … [Read more...] about Can Investments and Charitable Giving Co-exist?
by Rabbi Daniel S. Brenner Reading The Jerusalem Post yesterday, it occurred to me that Birthright Israel NEXT's work has a visibility problem. Haviv Rettig Gur writes regarding Taglit-Birthright Israel “these connections are wasted if they are not directed at new Jewish experiences back home.” He ends the piece with a short question:“Where’s the follow-up?” The work of "follow-up" is not as apparent to the public eye as the sight of … [Read more...] about Birthright Israel NEXT and the Invisible Doubling Effect
by Nanette Fridman As we embark upon 2010, Jewish communities across the country continue to work diligently to retool their organizations to allow for sustainable operations. If you spend time in many Jewish communal organizational board rooms or communal gathering places these days, you are bound to hear sentiments like, “We have cut everything that we can cut.” Now it is time for even harder decisions as priorities, agencies, core missions … [Read more...] about Planning for Your Community’s Future
by Adam Rattner Some 2,000 people checked into the halls of residence at Warwick University, West Midlands, yesterday morning, joining the 500 participants who had already spent the Christmas weekend away from festivities and in a Shabbat atmosphere instead. Long unsure about what to do with themselves as the rest the country celebrates Christmas, Britain's Jews have found an unlikely answer - go to university for a week. The Limmud … [Read more...] about Limmud UK: The Mother of All Conferences