Posts from August 2012
It makes no sense to fund a great idea if then we let it collapse due to lack of follow-up funding. It also makes no sense to have a great creative CEO spending 90% of her time fundraising instead of running the organization. It's a paradox of our own making: on the one hand, we encourage these organizations to grow and to expand, but we won't fund that expansion.
What happens when you go on a road trip with a group of funders?
In July, JFN and FJC led a 3 day road trip for funders to visit summer camps for children with disabilities. The group included funders experienced in funding Jewish camps and funders experienced in funding programs for people with disabilities, most of whom are members of the JFN disabilities peer network. From the moment are bus started moving the learning commenced. The learning wasn’t from office ‘presenters’ but was peer-to-peer. Funders with varied expertise and experience in camping and disabilities learned from each other. Discussions started with the practicalities related to the using camps year-round and funders are concerned about that (more respite opportunities for families).