Fundraising

As Hillel Head Steps Down, Questions Mount For Campus Organization

Firestone leaving amid budget,
fundraising pressures.

09/27/2012

The announcement this week that Wayne Firestone is stepping down as president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life next spring has set off a flurry of speculation as to why the 48-year-old professional would leave the top post he has held since 2006.

Wayne Firestone: His exit seen as sign of the times.

Federation’s Fundraising Dips A Bit

07/12/2012
Staff Writer

UJA-Federation of New York raised slightly less in donations this year than last in a campaign that reflected a trend toward fewer donors in difficult financial times.

Donors face “new financial realities” in sluggish economy, says UJA-Federation board chair Alisa Doctoroff.

Why Funders Need To Embrace Failure

Opportunity to take risks and learn from them necessary for success, some experts say.

01/03/2012
Editor and Publisher

Before there was Birthright Israel, the most successful Jewish communal effort to increase Jewish identity among young people, there was The Israel Experience, a like-minded effort — and acknowledged failure.

Jeffrey Solomon, president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Family Philanthropies, recalls that Charles Bronfman announced the launch of The Israel Experience in 1992, amid great fanfare, at the major annual convention of North American Jewish federations.

Gary Rosenblatt

Fundraising Israeli-Style

Ramat HaSharon launches a federation amid efforts to expand Sabra philanthropy.

07/05/2011
Staff Writer

Donations to North America’s Jewish federation system may be on the decline, but a group of influential Israelis living in the city of Ramat HaSharon are betting that a federation-style foundation will encourage more Israelis to give.

“Israelis are very challenged when it comes to giving,” says Miri Eisen, former spokesperson for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Bombing Puts Crisis Fundraising In The Spotlight

AIPAC seen trying to capitalize on Jerusalem attack.

03/29/2011
Staff Writer

Within hours of last week’s bus bombing in Jerusalem, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee sent an e-mail blast to its supporters: “Israel is under terrorist attack — please help.”

“Dear Friend of Israel,” the e-mail began, “today terrorists exploded a package at a Jerusalem bus stop killing one person and injuring 30 others, 15 seriously. And in this last week alone, Gaza terrorists have bombarded Israeli towns with more than 50 rockets and mortars.”

Campaign For Quake Damaged Shul In New Zealand

03/01/2011

The Bnei Akiva youth organization in Christchurch, New Zealand, is conducting a fund-raising appeal on behalf of the Canterbury Hebrew Community, a synagogue damaged in the country’s recent earthquake. The synagogue, according to its web site, is “closed until further notice.”

Twitter & Jewish Non-Profits

 Twitter may very well be the social media site that everyone counted out as not having any utility, but is actually thriving. That is because Twitter users are finding new and innovative ways to use the application.

Using Twitter for Philanthropy

Peace Pieces

04/20/2010
Editorial Intern

Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs may not always get along, but two young pianists — one a Jew from Tel Aviv, the other an Arab from Nazareth — will be living in harmony next week at Carnegie Hall. Onstage, that is.

Presbyterians Pledge Even-Handedness

10/01/2004
Staff Writer
Clearly stung by the strong reaction of Jewish leaders to their General Assembly’s support of selective disinvestment in firms operating in Israel, a leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA) promised yesterday a more even-handed approach. “If there are companies promoting terrorism on the Palestinian side, they would be considered in the disinvestment process,” said the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, the General Assembly’s chief executive officer.
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