Jewish philanthropy

A Champion Of Jewish Freedom And Identity

Seagrams billionaire took on Soviet Union, Swiss banks and assimilation.

12/19/2013
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Edgar Bronfman, the billionaire former beverage magnate and leading Jewish philanthropist, died Saturday at the age of 84.

Edgar Bronfman: "I'm a Jew, and if I was in a position to help, I did so." JTA

A 'One-Stop Destination' For Online Giving

What's the best way to contribute to charities? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Jodi Samuels about charity and her new venture www.Jgives.com

Jewish Giving Strong, But Concerns Loom, New Study Finds

‘Engagement’ seen as key, but communal motivation for giving fraying.

09/04/2013
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On the surface, the major findings of the just-released National Study of American Jewish Giving are encouraging, indicating that Jews have one of the highest levels of charity of any group in America, contributing generously to both Jewish and non-Jewish causes.

Younger Jews are less tied to federated giving, a new study says. Graphic courtesy Jumpstart

Ten Commandments Of Smart Philanthropy

03/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Recent decades have seen incredible growth in independent philanthropy. In the past 10 years, the number of donor-advised funds has multiplied fourfold; the number of foundations has grown five-fold in the last 20.

Andres Spokoiny

UPDATE - Philanthropy Watch: Jewish Start-Ups Continue To Grow

New study finds number of innovative projects up dramatically in last two years.

04/12/2011
Staff Writer

Despite the tough economic climate and increasingly competitive funding landscape, the Jewish innovation sector has grown dramatically in recent years.

Shawn Landres, left, and Joshua Avedon of Jumpstart.

Philanthropy Watch: Jewish Start-Ups Continue To Grow

New study finds number of innovative projects up dramatically in last two years.

04/06/2011
Staff Writer

Despite the tough economic climate and increasingly competitive funding landscape, the Jewish innovation sector has grown dramatically in recent years. There are now 600 Jewish startups in North America that engage more than half a million Jews, up from about 300 startups in 2008, according to the findings of the 2010 Survey of New Jewish Initiatives produced by Jumpstart, the Natan Fund, and The Samuel Bronfman Foundation.

More than 150 of these Jewish startups – approximately 25 percent of survey respondents – have launched since 2008.

Japan Disaster, Itamar Killings Put Jewish Giving On The Spot

Community opens wallets for two tragedies.

03/15/2011
JTA

Almost as soon as the catastrophe in Japan began unfolding last Friday, Jewish groups scrambled to figure out how to get help to the area.

Jewish organizations have joined the relief effort in Japan.

L.A. Judge Denies Chabad Claim to $18 Million

02/25/2011

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- A Los Angeles judge has tentatively denied Chabad of California’s $18 million claim against a philanthropist’s estate.

Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Murphy said she found insufficient evidence that Roland Arnall promised the money to Chabad before his March 2008 death, according to the Contra Costa Times.

James Tisch Elected Jewish Agency Board Chair

02/22/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- James Tisch, who has held several key positions in the Jewish world, has been elected as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel's board of governors.

Tisch, 58, the president and CEO of the Loews Corp., was elected Tuesday during the board's meeting in Jerusalem to succeed Richard Pearlstone, who has served in the post since 2007.

Among his positions of Jewish leadership, Tisch has served as board chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and president of UJA-Federation of New York.

Federation, Jewish Agency Leader, Yitzchak Shavit, Dies

02/21/2011

(JTA) -- Philanthropist Yitzchak Shavit, a leader in the Federation movement and the Jewish Agency, has died.

Shavit, the senior vice president of Communal Advancement at The Jewish Federations of North America, and the executive vice chairman of the United Israel Appeal, died Sunday at the age of 67.

A dedicated supporter of Israel, Shavit led North-American fundraising for the Israel Education Fund and oversaw donor-directed philanthropy for overseas.

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