Today we introduce Cool People, Cool Stuff ™ our most ambitious Symposia project to date. Through these posts and resources, we will look at the new and innovative entrepreneurs and the endeavors they are creating on multiple comments. We are at the beginning stage of developing a reference library of the various organizations and foundations involved in social entrepreneurship programs and new leadership development in Israel, North America … [Read more...] about Cool People, Cool Stuff ™
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
Welcome to Symposia and Much More, the newest addition to eJewish Philanthropy's Resource section. Miriam-Webster defines Symposia as a collection of opinions on a subject and this is certainly one way we plan to use this area. We also hope it will serve as a special stand-alone, easy to locate, resource for a limited number of topics we will delve into with greater depth than on a blog post. We're still adding some tech-finishing touches, but … [Read more...] about An Introduction
Last night I had the privilege of attending the 2008 PresenTense Fellowship Pitch Day at Yad Ben-Zvi here in Jerusalem. There, PresenTenses' 2nd cohort of fellows presented their ventures to the community. It was not just the culmination event of their work, but a testimony to the hours of support that volunteers, coaches, mentors, friends, colleagues, peers, teachers, and more have invested in all the various projects. I've been around the … [Read more...] about Windows into the Future
Six years ago, during the height of the Intifada, I was a participant in a solidarity mission sponsored by the (now defunct) Alliance for Educational Programs in Israel. One of the core Alliance funded organizations was PARDES, where two students, Benjamin Blutstein and Marla Bennett, along with seven others lost their lives in a terrorist attack at the Sinatra Cafeteria shortly before we departed for Israel. To this day, I will not forget that … [Read more...] about Hebrew University Marks 6th Anniversary of Terrorist Attack
Despite the economic climate, two major Universities (Brandeis and YU) have announced record levels of contributions for the past year. It is interesting that both recognize the value of gifts from their alumni and cultivating their graduates. The value is immense with an estimated 60% plus of gifts at many major universities coming from their alumni community. But, alumni giving is much more than the dollar gifts. From Tactical … [Read more...] about Alumni Support
Recently, Sandy Cardin and Lisa Eisen of the Schusterman Foundation sat with the fellows and members of the PresenTense Institute here in Jerusalem. The discussion focused on the future of our global Jewish community and philanthropy. Sandy began by speaking about what he sees as the two great divides and one challenge we face: The divides: the one, between the Orthodox and secular Jewish communities and how the twain just do not … [Read more...] about The Future of the Global Jewish Community and Philanthropy