Charitable Giving

The Slingshot Effect

Do innovators reap rewards from annual list?
11/05/2013 - 19:00

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
11/05/2013 - 19:00

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
11/05/2013 - 19:00

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

11/05/2013 - 19:00

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

Jewish Funders Ponder Lessons From Study

Stay the course on philanthropic priorities, or realign? Let the debate begin.
11/05/2013 - 19:00

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?

A 2009 event in the Washington area was part of an effort by groups focused on engaging young American Jews. JTA

Jewish Giving Needs A Broader Definition

Expert in the field sizes up new survey data for what they say about the future of Jewish philanthropy.
11/05/2013 - 19:00

Sharna Goldseker is the managing director of 21/64 (, 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.

Philanthropy consultant Sharna Goldseker finds reason for optimism in recent studies of the U.S. Jewish community. Courtesy 21/6

Charitable Giving November 2013

Jewish Giving in the Era of Big Data. 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.
11/04/2013 - 19:00
Charitable Giving November 2013

Bringing Their Money To The Table

Giving circles grow in popularity, as younger donors seek community and connection.

Editorial Intern
11/12/2012 - 19:00

Jo Schaalman “fell out of touch” with her Jewish identity when she left her hometown of Milwaukee for Boulder, Colo.

“My grandfather was a Reform rabbi, so I always had strong family connections. But I never found a synagogue where I fit in,” she said.

But when Schaalman, a business professional and nutrition expert who is now 35, became a member of Roots and Branches, a Jewish giving circle, in 2007, that all changed.

Giving circles use a "boutique" model. Photo courtesy Roots and Branches

Sky-High Charity

El Al’s fundraising program hits the $2 million mark.
Staff Writer
11/12/2012 - 19:00

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.”

El Al’s on-board fundraising initiative has raised vital dollars and shekels, for two Israeli institutions. getty images

Where Should Federations’ Money Go?

Assessing the community’s global needs and allocations in a new era of giving.
Staff Writer
11/12/2012 - 19:00

David Butler became chairman last November of the Global Planning Table committee of the Jewish Federation of North America. It was created last fall to allow the North American Jewish community to collectively assess how its 150 federations and partners can most efficiently spend the money they raise.

Donald Butler: Philanthropists are showing a greater interest in how their money is being spent. getty images
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