JFN Releases “Philanthropy 101,” Online Guide for New Philanthropists

whyphilanthropyimageThe Jewish Funders Network has released an online guide for funders starting out on their philanthropic journey but who are often stalled by the myriad options they face when they try to craft an effective giving program.

Called Philanthropy 101, the guide appears in the Resources section of the JFN website.

“More people want to make philanthropy part of their lives, but quickly learn that can be a lot easier said than done if you want to do it right,” said Andrés Spokoiny, JFN President and CEO. “We wanted to outline some of the basics so funders can get discussions started with family members, along with their legal and financial advisors, about what approaches to philanthropy might be the best fit.”

Philanthropy 101 outlines the key components behind such philanthropic tools as starting a foundation, how a donor-advised fund works, and giving circles. There are also pages devoted to giving in Israel, whether to give publicly or anonymously, and tips on crafting a philanthropic strategy. Articles will be added and updated on a regular basis to keep pace with trends in the field.

“We want to match up our members’ passion to give well with the information they need to accomplish that,” Spokoiny said. “A big part of what JFN does is to help make giving informed by Jewish values more impactful and meaningful. That’s why even seasoned funders will find this resource useful. When it comes to philanthropy you can’t know too much.”

In addition to an overview of each topic, Philanthropy 101 provides links to relevant articles, reports, blog posts and contact information for more specialized philanthropic services.

All articles in the series are available at www.jfunders.org/philanthropy-101.