Jewish Funders Network

Move Over, Millennials

Engaging young adults is important, but what about everyone else?

03/19/2014
Editor and Publisher

Financial advisers agree that we should diversify our investments. “Spread the money around,” we’re told, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Yet when it comes to investing in the Jewish future, our largest sources of wealth are doing the opposite of what they preach.

Gary Rosenblatt

Where Funders Go To Collaborate

'We haven’t adapted. New communities need to be created and re-invented.'

03/12/2014
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Miami Beach, Fla. — “This room has the key to solve the crises” facing the Jewish community, asserted Andres Spokoiny, president of the Jewish Funders Network, speaking to the more than 350 members of the group here this week at its three-day annual international conference, its largest ever in the U.S.

Gary Rosenblatt

JFN Launches Social Change Matching Fund

08/15/2013
Staff Writer
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The Jewish Funders Network, a service organization for philanthropists, announced today the launch of a “Jewish Social Change Matching Fund” that will offer $1 million to Jewish social change organizations and projects.

Young Donors Give In New Ways

Major new report reveals that affluent young Jews are still committed to Jewish causes, and want a 'seat at the table.'

08/08/2013
Managing Editor
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In a major new report on “next-gen” Jewish giving whose findings are likely to produce a collective sigh of relief among nervous communal professionals, young Jews of means appear seriously committed to donating to Jewish causes. And they are often moved to do so by a strong sense of Jewish and secular values passed down from their families.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, seen here sporting the company's latest invention, is a giver to a Jewish causes. Getty Images

Inclusion Means More Kids At Camp -- Not One Kind Of Camp

My colleagues and I at the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) have been following with interest the special needs dialogue and debate that has emerged in recent months and weeks online.

New Normal

L.A. Film Director Having A Jewish Impact

Jill Soloway, a hip Hollywood writer/director/producer (“Six Feet Under,” “The United States of Tara”), has become a Jewish activist in the last several years and is having quite an impact on the L.A. community. And it could go national soon.

She spoke at the international conference of the Jewish Funders Network this week in L.A. of how she helped found East Side Jews, an informal and popular group, particularly among young artist types, that seeks to “reinvent” Jewish life and make it “about joy, not sadness.”

L.A. As A Model For The Jewish Future

Jewish Funders Network conference highlights efforts to reinvent Jewish life by challenging the status quo.

03/19/2013
Editor and Publisher

Los Angeles — “This is the most exciting and frustrating Jewish community in the country,” proclaimed Jay Sanderson, chief executive of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, the site and showcase of the annual Jewish Funders Network international conference held here over three days this week.

G-dcast’s Sarah Lefton and funders perform a staged reading of one of the nonprofit’s scripts at this week’s conference.

Jewish Teen Giving Up By 52 Percent

01/10/2013
Staff Writer

Jewish teens in the United States who take part in the Jewish Teen Funders Network are making more charitable contributions, and they are giving mostly to Jewish causes.

Special Needs At Summer Camp To Receive Formal Study

Foundation for Jewish Camp will map what's available and what needs to be done.

01/07/2013
Associate Editor

The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) is launching what is believed to be the first-ever research project mapping current services available to children with special needs and physical disabilities at nonprofit Jewish overnight camps across North America.

Training Teens To Give

06/12/2012
Staff Writer

On Long Island, the b’nai mitzvah project has found an older sibling: philanthropy. Decades after community service became a standard part of the American bar and bat mitzvah experience, rabbis and educators are trying build on those earlier lessons in empathy by teaching Jewish teens how to make grants to nonprofits.

Teen philanthropists donated to the Joint Distribution Committee, which supports Jewish life in India. Richard Lord/JDC
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