Jewish philanthropy

Philanthropy Watch: Jewish Start-Ups Continue To Grow

New study finds number of innovative projects up dramatically in last two years.
04/05/2011 - 20:00
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.
03/14/2011 - 20:00
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

02/24/2011 - 19:00

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

02/21/2011 - 19:00

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

02/20/2011 - 19:00

(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.

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund to Close in Two Years

01/19/2011 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- One of the country’s largest Jewish foundations will close in two years and its assets will be divided among the foundations of its founder’s heirs.

The San Francisco-based Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, which has about $280 million in assets, will close at the end of 2012, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Are We Doing Enough For Poor Blacks? TV’s David Simon Spars With Federations

Not surprisingly, David Simon’s recent and highly public remarks critical of the funding priorities of Baltimore’s Associated Jewish Charities did not go down well with that Federation or its parent group, The Jewish Federations of North America, which gave the TV writer and creator a platform at its recent General Assembly in New Orleans.

Big Easy, Federations Struggling For Comeback

For a federation system hurting in tough times, New Orleans was a natural site for the GA.
11/09/2010 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

 New Orleans — For a long time the 79th General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America had been scheduled to take place this week in Orlando, Fla. But after a top consultant scouted that city last winter, and concluded that it would add little to the spirit of the annual gathering of the federation movement — and that Disney World might prove a major distraction — the decision was made to move the three-day GA here to New Orleans.

Gary Rosenblatt

For Jewish Federations, Decline in Donors Dwarfs Recession Woes

11/08/2010 - 19:00
JTA

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) – After three days of schmoozing, sessions and feel-good speeches, the 3,000 or so Jewish federation officials who came to the annual General Assembly may have left New Orleans feeling invigorated.

The view expressed by many top officials was that after two years of a tough recession, the worst is over.

What About the Jewish Baby Boomers?

11/07/2010 - 19:00
JTA

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) -- As America’s 77 million baby boomers retire, they will place an unprecedented burden on the Jewish community’s infrastructure.

They will need more services, and many will want to become involved in a community that isn't making room for them.

The federation system in particular needs to meet the challenge -- and now, as the oldest boomers turn 65 next year -- or face losing the wealthiest and most highly educated generation in American Jewish history.

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