Charitable Giving

Crafting A Sense Of Compassion

Florida-based arts-and-crafts program teaches bar/bat mitzvah candidates about homelessness and philanthropy.

Staff Writer

Last fall, Isabella Malaga of Boca Raton, Fla., was introduced by her aunt to the children of families in a homeless day center in nearby Delray Beach. When it came time to choose a bat mitzvah project earlier this year, Isabella already knew what she wanted to do.

Isabella Malaga holds her cardboard tzedakah “house.” With her is Family Promise’s Kokie Dinnan. Courtesy of the Malaga family

Teaching Women What They’re Worth

Hadassah and Jewish Women International team up to educate boomers about financial literacy, with philanthropy as the end goal.

Staff Writer

For the past 10 years, financial literacy programs for teenage girls and young women have been sprouting up around the country Colleges, including Barnard, New York University and Harvard, have designed courses geared specifically to helping female students manage their finances.

A Jewish Women’s International “Know your Worth” session earlier this year. Courtesy of JWI

Tuesdays With Charity

92Y’s executive director on the background and the growth of #Giving Tuesday.

Special To The Jewish Week

The 92nd Street Y, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year, is blessed with a proud tradition of exceptional programs, compassionate outreach and a deep commitment to celebrating and sharing our Jewish values. And like so many other organizations, one of the questions we ask ourselves regularly is this: How do we make these traditional values relevant and meaningful not only for our current community, but for future generations as well? In today’s fast-changing world, with half of the global population 30 or younger, this is perhaps one of the most important challenges for all of us.

‘For all the tweets and technology driving #GivingTuesday, we think its progress is a testament to the power of community.’

What’s New In Jewish Charity World

Teen philanthropy incubator launches; odd couple runs for survivors; first all-female Joshua Venture cohort.


Getting Teens To Give Back

Connor Tukel, a high school senior from Detroit, understands the importance of supporting his community. While he plans to become an entrepreneur, his experience in philanthropy has already shown him the importance of giving back.

“I want to give back monetarily and actively to my community,” he said in a recent phone interview. 

Charitable Giving 2014

Sizing up the philanthropic landscape, post-Pew. Toward a new metric for funders. Trying to Get Israelis to Give. A Jewish Mother Goes to Bat for the World’s Children.

Charitable Giving 2014

From Nice To Effective: A Metric For Jewish Funders

Special To The Jewish Week

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.

Scott A. Shay

The Slingshot Effect

Do innovators reap rewards from annual list?

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.

Campers at Eden Village Camp, one of 50 Jewish groups named in Slingshot’s 2013 guide to Jewish innovation. JTA

A Jewish Mother Goes To Bat For The World’s Children

In countries throughout the developing world, UNICEF chief hears the voices of her parents about the imperative to care.
Jewish Week Culture Editor

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.”

In “I Believe in Zero,” Caryl Stern writes about the lessons she’s learned working on behalf of youngsters around the world.

Trying To Get Israelis To Give

Launched two years ago, Israel’s only federation-style nonprofit charity is struggling to gain a foothold.
Israel Correspondent

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.

Takdim’s chief Arik Rosenblum says his group seeks to teach Israelis the principle of “mutual dependence.” PhotosTakdim

Study Points The Way Toward More Avenues To Jewish Life


Since the release of the Pew Research Center survey on American Jews, the question I’ve been asked most often is what surprises me about it.

What surprises me most is that anybody is surprised.

Andres Spokoiny. JTA
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