Friday Lite

Two stories you may find of interest this Friday morning:

from Jewcy

My Trip to the White House

JDub Records, Jumpstart and other Jewish social entrepreneurs consult at the White House:

“Roughly speaking, the entire sampling represented Jewish initiatives that reach over 500,000 participants via about $500 million dollars worth of non-profit investment. Cooler stat: almost none of our organizations existed 10 years ago.

We met with Obama’s newly created/rebranded/reshaped Office of Public Engagement and Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships all within the Executive Office of the President. (P.S. They have a new first cousin too – the Office of Social Innovation. Read that again.)”

from The Boston Globe

Jewish agencies forced to downside

Combined Jewish Philanthropies, an umbrella organization that helps finance several hundred local Jewish groups, gave preliminary approval yesterday to a 15 percent cut in the amount it will distribute next year. The organization had already cut its budget by 15 percent, laid off about 10 percent of its workforce, and imposed a 7 percent pay cut on senior managers and a one-week furlough for everyone making over $45,000.