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Catalytic Philanthropy or a Recipe for Failure?

Grand Challenges” is the phrase Bill Gates uses to describe his approach to some of the world’s largest health problems, but taking a flyer on a problem by throwing a lot of money at it can have unanticipated conseq

Foundations Working Together on Interfaith Cooperation

JFN is among the organizations part of a new affinity group focused on interfaith matters.

A Better Way to Give

Private foundations are sitting on $600 billion, an amount that law professor Ray Madoff says justifies a revamp of federal tax rules in order to encourage more giving.

Middle-Class More Generous as Wealthy Give Smaller Percentage of Income to Charity

The Chronicle of Philanthropy examined IRS data to find out who was giving where and how much.

Opportunities and Challenges for Family Philanthropy

No matter how well they are run, family foundations will experience change and transitions; the key is knowing how to manage them and ensure the foundation doesn't lose its focus.

Keeping the World's Food Supply Secure

For millions of people, the food they eat could kill them. But they may not have a choice. Daniel Chamovitz  has made it his mission to change that.

How Funders Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Scale

Nonprofits don’t have discrete ambitions. They want to quickly grow their seed money so they can expand programs that have both a measurable and meaningful impact. It’s one way philanthropists define “scale.”

But it is often a lot easier said than done.

Why Site Visits Matter

The following post is written by Beth Zwick , Senior Program Officer of the Ruderman Family Foundation, and originally appeared on the Council on Foundations website.

How Design Thinking Helps Engage Jewish Teens and Nonprofits

At the JFN International Conference in March, there was a seminar that exposed funders to the world of design thinking. Now we're starting to see how the core concepts from this exciting field are seeping into the world of Jewish philanthropy.

Meet the Millennials

Meet the millennials.

Actually, you already have. They’re the generation born from 1979 to 1990. If you’re not one of them, then you probably have at least a few in your life.