American Jews are blessed with an unprecedented number of foundations focused on preserving Jewish identity in the 21st century. The Jim Joseph, Schusterman, Bronfman, Avi Chai, Steinhardt, Grinspoon and Mandel Foundations, among others, each grants tens of millions of dollars every year to Jewish identity causes. Many Jewish federations and individuals are also focused in this area. Yet all of these funders labor under the same profound conceptual limitation: they don’t have an obvious and clear metric to measure what they are doing.
The biblical David used a slingshot to kill Goliath, thus earning the attention of King Saul.
Today, Jewish organizations are trying to use Slingshot, an annual guide of the 50 “most innovative organizations and projects,” to capture the attention of donors. The ninth installment of the guide was released Thursday.
In countries throughout the developing world, UNICEF chief hears the voices of her parents about the imperative to care.
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Caryl M. Stern is a top foundation executive with sophisticated leadership skills and the soul of a Jewish mother.
Since May 2007, she has been president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She joined the organization the previous year as chief operating officer and then became acting president when the chief who hired her, Chip Lyons, took a position with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before that, she spent 18 years at the Anti-Defamation League in several positions, most recently as chief operating officer and senior associate national director. While at ADL, she spearheaded a diversity-training project, “A World of Difference.”
Launched two years ago, Israel’s only federation-style nonprofit charity is struggling to gain a foothold.
Jerusalem — In late October residents of Ramat Hasharon, a city of 48,000 people northeast of Tel Aviv, celebrated the groundbreaking of a park with an “inclusive playground” that will be accessible to all, including children and adults with disabilities.
Stay the course on philanthropic priorities, or realign? Let the debate begin.
If you’re pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Jewish identity building, what do you do when a survey comes along showing that the number of U.S. Jews engaging with Jewish life and religion is plummeting?
Expert in the field sizes up new survey data for what they say about the future of Jewish philanthropy.
Sharna Goldseker is the managing director of 21/64 (www.2164.net), a nonprofit consulting practice specializing in next generation and multigenerational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. She is the co-author of “Next Gen Donors: The Future of Jewish Giving” along with Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair of Family Foundations and Philanthropy, Johnson Center for Philanthropy. The Jewish Week asked her to consider the state of Jewish philanthropy in the wake of several major surveys tracking Jewish identity, giving and practice. The interview, with Jewish Week Managing Editor Robert Goldblum, was conducted via e-mail.
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About 45 minutes before a recent El Al flight from Israel landed at JFK Airport, the pilot made a non-flight-related announcement on the public address system. Pointing passengers’ attention to a small envelope stowed in every seat pocket, he said, “Any small change you may have can make an enormous difference in children’s lives.”