Jewish philanthropy

Giving Circles, Amplified

New website connects Jewish giving circles to share resources.

09/17/2014
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Giving Circles, the hottest trend in Jewish philanthropy, now have an official website.

The Natan Fund, a giving circle of young Jewish professionals in New York (known as the “Wall Street” giving circle), this week announced the launch of Amplifier, an online platform that allows Jewish-inspired giving circles around the world to connect and share resources.

The new Amplifier site is a project of The Natan Fund. Via Natan.org

Questions Over Outpouring Of Gaza War Philanthropy

As U.S. donations to Israel soar, are other causes at risk?

09/10/2014
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The outpouring of money seemed extraordinary, even by Hamptons’ standards.

It was Shabbos morning, Aug. 9, the Gaza war was raging and Rabbi Marc Schneier, spiritual leader of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, took to the bima for an impromptu appeal.

Israelis run for cover in the coastal city of Ashkelon during the recent Gaza war. Getty Images

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.

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