The Week That Was: August 12-18

In today’s world, no nonprofit organization would think twice about collecting, and hopefully analyzing, information about their donors. So too, with website traffic. For how else can one effectively judge site visitors’ demographics and interests?

Based on site and RSS feed analytics, here – in alphabetical order – are the most popular posts on eJewish Philanthropy last week:

Are We Guilty of Gross Prejudice Towards Poland?
by David Jacobson

In the ashes of Auschwitz we lost more than Jewish lives – we lost an integral part of our historical memory. If we truly want to ensure Jewish continuity for tomorrow’s Jews, then we have to reclaim the positive history of Polish Jewry today.

Can’t Buy Me Judaism
by Seth Chalmer

Jews disagree about what Judaism is and isn’t: a covenantal community bound to serve God together; a nation or tribe with shared history and a shared destiny; a tradition of ethical ideals grounded in a vast treasury of text and culture; and endless variations on these themes. Yet for all our disagreements, all these visions deserve our commitment, our time, and yes, our money, because they place our individual lives within a larger reality that calls us, challenges us, and claims us.

Israeli Cultural Centers Sweep Through North America
by Abigail Pickus

Eight years ago, Jennie Starr started an Israeli playgroup in her hometown of San Diego to teach her daughter Hebrew and expose her to Israeli culture. Today, Starr’s playgroup has evolved into a wide-reaching Israeli cultural center called Tarbuton.

… Tarbuton is one of a host of Israel-centered educational initiatives that have been popping up across North America, offering everything from more formal Jewish education to social and cultural events.

Long-term Relationships: The Case for Alumni Engagement
by Rebecca Voorwinde

The key to successful alumni engagement is approaching the work in terms of a long-term relationship.

When the Funding Stops: Why Donors Become Ex-Donors
by Stephen Donshik

It is always disconcerting when new donors do not renew their contribution or a veteran donor ceases funding a nonprofit organization they have supported for many years. What accounts for the contributor’s decision to discontinue their support? Let’s look at some of the reasons donors cease funding organizations.

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