Jewish philanthropy

Obligations For Tough Times

11/01/2010 - 20:00
Editorial

Economists may proclaim the Great Recession over, but a great many people in our community are still hurting. And for large numbers of them the health and human service programs funded through the Jewish federation system are an indispensable lifeline.

Avi Chai’s Last Will And Testament?

As the foundation prepares for dissolution, it focuses on partnerships benefiting day schools and camps.
11/01/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In its latest round of grants, The Avi Chai Foundation has demonstrated a new strategic approach to its funding, one that reflects the reality of a foundation preparing to spend-down its nearly $600 million endowment by 2020.

“We acting with the understanding that our legacy depends on the success of institutions who will survive us,” says Avi Chai’s

Charitable Giving October 2010

Outgoing Jewish Funders Network president on present, and future, of Jewish philanthropy; family foundation makes special needs a signature issue; Chabad schools poised to reap Kohl's contest money.
10/11/2010 - 20:00
Charitable Giving

Jewish Federations, Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

JFNA, Jewish Agency, Joint to work around traditional 75-25 split.
09/27/2010 - 20:00
JTA

The New York-based Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have been struggling with the JFNA for nearly two years over how to split the more than $100 million raised by the federation system for overseas needs. The two overseas partners have traditionally split the money using a formula that gives 75 percent of the funds to the Jewish Agency and 25 percent to JDC.

The leadership of Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, a longtime ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, is credited with make deal poss

Post-Yom Kippur Thoughts:Old-Time Prayer Meets New Needs

09/20/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

I have seen the Jewish future and it is small…

Compact, shoulder to shoulder -- young and old, preschoolers, high schoolers, singles, same sex couples with their toddlers, middle-aged parents whose disaffected teens find themselves tapping along in spite of themselves, grandparents with their grandchildren.

No high ceilinged church-like space required. No sound systems or balconies.

New Israel Fund: Grantees Must Not Actively Oppose Israel’s Jewish Character

09/15/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Groups that work to "deny the right of the Jewish people to sovereign self-determination within Israel" will not be eligible for New Israel Fund moneys.

In new guidelines issued to JTA on Thursday, the progressive pro-Israel olutfit, which has come under fire for funding groups that are sharply critical of Israel and that have promoted a binational state instead of a Jewish one, reiterated its well known principles upholding minority rights and promoting equal rights for all.

More on the AJ Congress - and the perils of progressive domestic activism

The other day I blogged about the sad demise of the American Jewish Congress and laid much of the blame for its protracted demise on its decision to turn away from the progressive domestic focus that was its traditional bread and butter.

A caller with long connections to the group took me to task.

The Education Of Jim Joseph

07/13/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

 A Holocaust refugee, Jim Joseph emigrated with his parents from Austria as a small child in 1938. He grew up in New York and Los Angeles, and after graduating from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earning an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, he entered the real estate business, buying commercial property on the West Coast, including in what would become Silicon Valley. 

Jim Joseph: Realized late that he wanted to reach beyond day schools.

Foundation Cutting Wide Path Through Jewish Life

With huge outlays, Jim Joseph Foundation can be a ‘game-changer.’ But its officials admit identity-building focus can be hard to measure.
07/13/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

 When Interland Corporation Founder Jim Joseph died in 2003, at the age of 68, few people outside San Francisco and the real estate field had heard of him.

Today, less than a decade later, the words “Jim Joseph” are among the most frequently uttered syllables in the American Jewish education world, at least among those responsible for fundraising.

Havdalah during the Birthright Israel NEXT fellows training weekend in New Orleans.

In A First, Religious Gifts Decline Slightly

Giving USA report finds 3.6 percent drop in all giving, but health and human services donations bump up.
06/15/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Last year, for the first time in the more than 50 years the Giving USA Foundation has been tracking philanthropy, donations to religious institutions declined. 

While the drop in giving was minimal (less than 1 percent), it represents a shift in priorities among American donors from religion and education to health and human services, sectors that increased nearly 4 percent and 2 percent last year, respectively. 

Individuals accounted for 75 percent of all charitable giving in 2009, according to Giving USA.
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