Tzedekah, Philanthropy and Giving in America Part 2 of 2 By Robert Evans and Bryan Schwartzman Most major donors are looking for some type of recognition for their generosity, but many feel guilty about their desire, perhaps their need, for public kudos. However, our ancient sages understood that people often do the right thing for a complex mix of selfish and altruistic reasons. Giving for the right reasons is not necessarily juxtaposed … [Read more...] about It’s Okay to Seek Credit for Giving: Now Give And Go and Study!
By Daphne Lazar-Price #GivingTuesday is brilliant in its simplicity. Who doesn’t want to do good? And who doesn’t want to encourage others to do the same? Many of us already have the language, skills and tools to make #GivingTuesday a force for tzedakah in our communities. All you have to do is find a way for your family, community, company or organization to come together to give something back - but, sometimes, people don’t know where to … [Read more...] about #GivingTuesday: Advancing a Global Movement for Giving Back
If you believe in your institution, than you need to believe that raising funds for your institution is an honor and a privilege. By Rae Ringel For many of us, the prospect of asking for money of a donor conjures painful fears of rejection and disparagement. We think little of ignoring the dinnertime phone solicitation but dread being the one to make the ask. Recognizing this common anxiety, even for experienced fundraisers, I spend many … [Read more...] about The Gift of Asking – A Fresh Perspective on Jewish Fundraising
By Stefanie Zelkind ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. Alice Walker Gratitude. We learn from an early age that it is important to be grateful, to appreciate what we have - to say thank you. Indeed, a national survey on gratitude found that more than 95 percent of Americans consider it “somewhat” to “very” important for mothers and fathers … [Read more...] about This Thanksgiving, Foster an Attitude of Gratitude
By Robert Lichtman Unlike some love stories that are best kept discreet, this one should to be told … and re-told. It’s all true. It’s a love story about a woman and some teenagers. The story started when the Iris Teen Tzedakah Program was established in 2006 at The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life by Milly Iris, family and friends in memory of Milly’s late husband, Herb. It was not enough that Milly and her posse funded the program … [Read more...] about Love Among the Irises