Charitable Giving

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

No Place Like The Home Page

The Charity Bids platform for nonprofits keeps donors connected to the organization without diverting them to third-party sites.
Assistant Managing Editor
11/12/2012 - 19:00

When actor Tom Hanks decided to sell his 2004 Prius to the highest bidder for charity a couple of years ago, an unintentional conflict was set in motion.

His chosen cause was Welcome Back Veterans, a group that helps returning troops adapt to civilian life. The organization is a pet cause of Major League Baseball, and the auction was also supported by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a leading Hollywood charity.

Tom Hanks: Sale of actor’s Prius brought in $24,000 for charity via online bidding. Getty Images

Bukharian Young Adults Getting A Lesson In Giving

Leadership training program looking to impart concept of tzedakah to those not used to it.
Staff Writer
11/12/2012 - 19:00

Some were born in the former Soviet Union, and came to the United States as children with their families. Some were born to émigré families here. Typical of Jews who grew up in households where education about Judaism was minimal, they had learned little about fundamental Jewish beliefs.

Including tzedakah.

A few weeks ago a dozen of them started their remedial education.

At the first meeting of Kalontar, a Forest Hills program for Bukharian Jews, participants learned the basics of tzedakah. SL

Must Small Donors Feel That Way?

In sluggish economy, organizations struggle with the cost of cultivating small donors.
Staff Writer
11/12/2012 - 19:00

Allison Laichter, a darling of the Jewish communal world roundly hailed as a promising young leader, is out of a job.

The departure of Jewish Meditation Center co-founder Allison Laichter, center, sheds light on the small-donor problem.

That Noise Is ‘Big Data’ Knocking

With federation and foundation funding, GrapeVine aims to build a communal database.
Special To The Jewish Week
11/12/2012 - 19:00

Think about the average Jewish organization’s database of contacts for a moment. What percent are either one-time participants or one-time donors? Seventy percent? Eighty percent? More? In most of the 800 nonprofit organizations we’ve worked with, these individuals who have dropped off radar screen constitute the vast majority of names in their database.

So what happened to these people?

Sacha Litman: Trying to prevent Jews from leaking out of the pipeline.

Charitable Giving November 2012

In sluggish economy, groups struggle with cost of cultivating small donors; Bukharian young adults getting lesson in giving; Giving circles thriving as younger donors seek community, connection.
11/12/2012 - 19:00
Charitable Giving November 2012

Making The Most Of Gleaning

Using volunteerism and philanthropic dollars to feed the growing ranks of Israel’s needy citizens.
Israel Correspondent
11/07/2011 - 19:00

Rehovot, Israel — When students at the Ulpana Orot Modi’in, a religious girls’ high school, learned that a classmate’s 18-year-old brother had fallen into a coma during the summer, they began to recite prayers and psalms for the young man’s recovery.

The 12th graders also decided to do good deeds on the injured man’s behalf, believing that he will be credited with the mitzvot and, hopefully, be healed.

Members of the Zahal Disabled Veterans organization spent a morning picking clementines for Leket Israel. Michele Chabin
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