This post deals with the basic dilemmas of Jewish philanthropy in Israel. It expands on the questions that every organization, foundation or individuals should consider in order to create their own philanthropic ethos. My assumption here is that a more focused philanthropy is a more effective one. A philanthropic ethos is an outcome of an in-depth exploration of vision, mission, values and strategies. It should take the shape of a set of … [Read more...] about Post 12: On Vision: Build an Ethos
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What is more important: funding of efficient projects or of building effective capacities and institutions? Farsighted Diaspora Jewish philanthropy that seeks to play a central role in Israeli society should shift its focus from the former to the latter. This represents a profound transformation of patterns of conduct of both philanthropists and nonprofits. 'Institutions' represent a unique type of 'organization'. The latter are designed to … [Read more...] about Post 13: On Vision: Institution Building and Better Management
The philanthropy of Diaspora Jewry in Israel needs to undergo a qualitative leap in its impact on Israeli society. One of the elements of this leap would be to focus on government and market failures and avoiding being ‘diverted’ and ‘seduced’ to do otherwise. The logic has been laid out in previous posts of this series. Jewish philanthropy in Israel is facing a double-challenge of expanding options and diminishing marginal impact (see posts … [Read more...] about Post 14: Priorities: Focus on Government and Market Failures
Too often we tend to immediately associate the concept of philanthropy with leadership. But we should not. Some philanthropic activities truly amount to leadership. Others do not, and may actually be leadership-neutral or even be counterproductive in terms of leadership. Furthermore, sometimes an act of leadership by a philanthropic requires withholding funds, a public statement or a political action. For the heavy hitters of Jewish philanthropic … [Read more...] about Post 15: On Philanthropy and Leadership
First conceptualized in 2000, “Tomorrow” has arrived. In just a few short hours, Israel's President, Shimon Peres, will officially open the first Presidential conference, “Facing Tomorrow" at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center. With 15 sitting presidents, leaders from 27 additional countries and 3500 guests, this invitational only event includes, world leaders (past and present), Jews and non-Jews, thinkers and doers, artists and … [Read more...] about Tomorrow is Today
(eJP note: as "Tomorrow" opens later today, an extremely relevant guest post from the Jewish Donor Blog). There exists a broad generational leadership gap within many Jewish organizations, large and small. This gap, and how well we handle the transition, will have a profound effect on the future of Jewish fundraising. Here are my thoughts on the aforementioned Jewish organizational leadership gap: Many high profile Jewish institutions … [Read more...] about Mind The Gap