By Lonny Goldsmith [Author’s Note: In the second half of 2018, TC Jewfolk received two anonymous letters, indicating that the St.Paul Federation was, “not transparent with donors and volunteers.” After examining these claims against the Transparency section of the St. Paul Federation website, we felt compelled to better understand the Federation’s financial campaign goals, achievements, and its allocations over the last decade with the goal of … [Read more...] about Amidst Financial Struggles, St. Paul Federation Looks To Move Forward
By Deena Fuchs
At a recent gathering, conversation turned to AVI CHAI’s impending spend-down at the close of 2019. A number of colleagues expressed interest in hearing more about the spend-down and its implications. I was actually surprised by the request for more information. Since announcing the spend-down more than a decade ago, I feel like we are the ever-spending-down foundation, and there was nothing more to say.
That is, until I read … [Read more...] about An Open Book:
How AVI CHAI’s Spend Down is Impacting its Work
Working in the nonprofit sector is not a decision to take a vow of poverty. None choose to work in this sector to get rich, but nor should they be committed to be poor.
By Richard Marker
This post is not a political post about the current president of the United States. It is about foundation behavior. The NY AG case against the Trump Foundation is pretty solid. Not every illegal behavior identified in that suit would typically warrant … [Read more...] about Do [Philanthropic] Ends Justify [Philanthropic] Means?
Two Examples of Philanthro-ethics and Equity
By Avi Bieler
Last Wednesday, on this site, David Samson wrote a piece ostensibly about the need to form a united association of Israeli nonprofits funded by those same nonprofits. He expressed concern that existing umbrella groups have ulterior motives and criticized their lack of transparency. Within his article he loosely suggested that Jgive.com is one of these umbrella organizations and accused the nonprofit platform of being opaque with … [Read more...] about Fully Transparent and Proud of our Diversity:
A Response to David Samson
By David Samson Israel has over 42,000 nonprofit organizations. Proportionally to the size of its population, it’s one of the largest not-for-profit sectors in the world. Collectively, nonprofits produce 5.8% of Israel’s GDP and employ over 477,000 people, 13.7% of the Israeli workforce. If it worked as a collective, the social sector in Israel has the potential to wield tremendous power on decision makers, on legislation, and on matters … [Read more...] about Paying the Price: Who Really Represents the Israeli Nonprofit Sector?