from Charity Governance: The Curious Case of Ira Millstein and Rumpelstiltskin Bloomberg reported on January 1st that noted corporate-governance lawyer, Ira M. Millstein, of the Weil, Gotshal & Manages law firm issued an opinion stating that J. Ezra Merkin could continue accepting funds from Yeshiva University as long as Merkin disclosed his role. The article suggests that the opinion was issued to Yeshiva. The article doesn't indicate … [Read more...] about NewsBits: Madoff (Still) in the News
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
2008 was a tough year for the philanthropic world. As the year developed, the economic situation continued to deteriorate in most countries. September came, and the banking crisis in the U.S. came to a head. Three months later, the uncovering of the alleged Madoff Ponzi scheme. Here in Israel, we had the added pressures of the rising shekel and the worldwide declining dollar. Most nonprofit organizations were well into cost cutting long before … [Read more...] about The Triple Whammy to Philanthropy
As we have written before, we are a strong believer that all nonprofit organizations should have some type of vehicle for accepting donations online. Whatever country you are in, there are multiple providers and solutions to choose from - at least one will be right for your organization. If you are still not on the bandwagon, we have some initial findings from software and service provider Blackbaud who has just released information on online … [Read more...] about Online Giving Trends in 2008
Since the start of Israel's operation in Gaza tens days ago, the Jewish Agency has been providing ongoing aid to residents of the area under attack. The main areas of focus are: Fund for Victims of Terror As of today, the Jewish Agency has issued checks to 41 families, and the number of requests, and the providing of assistance, continues on a daily basis. Those eligible for the assistance are people who have been physically injured or … [Read more...] about JAFI Provides Assistance in the South
Israel finally had to say “enough is enough” last week and respond to Hamas’ constant rocket attacks on the citizens of Israel’s southern towns. But knowing the necessity of Israel’s response is different from finding the right way to talk about it especially when the media continues to paint a politically-correct, neatly balanced accounting of the conflict. For every marketing professional in the field, this is a moment to help your … [Read more...] about What to Say While the Bombs Fall
We posted this a year ago, but with the current economic crisis making it even more important to evaluate and reevaluate all our spending it is appropriate to remind everyone of the importance of reviewing technology plans on an ongoing basis: As you begin to finalize your organizations' technology plans for the year, the most important word to remember is test. According to Miriam-Webster this would be, "a critical examination, observation, … [Read more...] about Technology To Do in 2009