For Teen Givers, A Values Shift

For the Gen-Z cohort, a move away from Jewish-centric toward global philanthropy.

07/27/2016 - 08:43
Staff Writer

At age 18, Alec Waxman, an Orthodox Jewish teen from Riverdale, knows more about philanthropy than many adults.

Teenagers at a Jewish Teen Funders Network council. Courtesy of Jewish Teen Funders Network

Americans Bullish On Giving

Robert Evans, founder & president of Evans Consulting Group, on the surprising trends in Americans charitable giving.

06/28/2016 - 15:47
Staff Writer

Robert Evans is founder and president of the Philadelphia-based Evans Consulting Group, which works with Jewish and other nonprofits on fundraising issues and other strategic matters. He is a member of the editorial review board for the annual Giving USA report of the School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He previously served as campaign director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and as a senior executive at Israel Bonds. The Jewish Week caught up with him by phone just after the report was released.

Philanthropy consultant Robert Evans: “American donors’ priorities have changed.”

A Big Philanthropic Hole To Fill

Engaging young Jews energized Charles Bronfman; with his foundation ‘sunsetting,’ who’ll pick up the slack?

02/17/2016 - 08:35
Editor and Publisher

Quietly, with the forethought and grace that has distinguished the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies as a trendsetter in Jewish life since its launch three decades ago, the foundation effectively shut down at the end of 2015. With much of the operation closed and staff diminished, this year will be one of “spend down,” completing commitments to prior obligations but no longer entertaining new grant proposals.

Gary Rosenblatt

Toward ‘Radical Transparency’ In Philanthropy

01/19/2016 - 12:41
Special To The Jewish Week

William O. Douglas, the longest-serving U.S. Supreme Court justice, said that “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” But as a proverbial Jewish mother might note, too much sunlight can also give you skin cancer.

Andres Spokoiny

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Donates $31M Of Company Stock

01/18/2016 - 13:00

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has donated 290,000 shares of company stock, worth about $31 million, to several different charities.

Sheryl Sandberg speaking on a panel at the Fortune Global Forum at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California. JTA

With 17 Year Old At The Helm, Gotta Have Sole Foundation Provides Shoes For Homeless

What began as a Bar Mitzvah project has grown to help children in over 42 states across the U.S.

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Web Editor

When Nicholas Lowinger was a young boy growing up in Cranston, R.I. he would tag along with his art-therapist mother when she gave art lessons to residents in nearby homeless shelters. Even as a 5-year-old Lowinger was taken by the fact that the residents, many of whom were young children his age, had torn or tattered footwear—if any at all.

Nicholas Lowinger, founder of the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, donates shoes to children in need. Courtesy Gotta Have Sole

Jewish Philanthropist Harold Grinspoon Signs Giving Pledge On Donating Over Half His Wealth

06/02/2015 - 20:00

Harold Grinspoon, a real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist, signed the Giving Pledge to donate more than half his fortune to charitable causes.

Humanitarian Concerns And Israeli Policies

05/04/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal, stories began to appear about the State of Israel sending a large medical team to the area. This is not an unusual story. Whenever natural disasters occur, Israeli experts are among the first and among the most competent on the scene.

Abraham H. Foxman

Boston Jewish Day Schools Receive $11 Million Challenge Grant

01/26/2015 - 19:00

Boston — Five Jewish day schools in Greater Boston will receive a total of $11.25 million in a challenge grant to support long-term tuition assistance for middle-class families.

Designer Diane von Fürstenberg Pledges To Restore Original Jewish Ghetto

Group of philanthropists led by von Fürstenberg announce $12 million project to restore Jewish life in Venice.

11/10/2014 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Venice ghetto, the first Jewish enclave to bear that name, a group of philanthropists led by iconic designer Diane von Fürstenberg have announced a $12 million project to restore Jewish life there. 

Diane von Fürstenberg pledges to help restore the Venice ghetto. Via
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