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Using Evaluation as a Strategic Intervention

Why foundations and social entrepreneurs seeking to maximize the impact of their investments should consider the dramatic leveraging potential of program evaluation.

Foundation Chief Executives as Artful Jugglers

Despite their being more than 115,000 U.S. foundations controlling hundreds of billions of dollars in assets, determining what makes a foundation CEO successful is a deceptively challenging question to answer.

Philanthropic Priorities in Light of Pew

JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny writes that the Pew Report showed the complexities – some fascinating, some troubling – of living in an era of radical free choice in which the internal and external bounds that have kept Jews together are being dramatically

The Power of the Collective: Israeli Philanthropists Join Forces

Funders who have encouraged the NGOs they support in Israel to join forces are now taking their own advice to heart, serving as role models in the not-for-profit world by championing the concept of collaboration, says Offi Zisser, JFN Israel's Director of Advisory Services.

When You're Connected, You Give: A Conversation with Shawn Landres

The co-founder of Jumpstart talks about who gives what in the Jewish world and how that affects congregations.

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.

Looking at Impact Investing Through a Jewish Lens

By Julie Hammerman

Impact investing has become quite popular lately, but it’s simply a new approach based on a very old concept – investing with one’s values to positively impact the world and minimize harm.

Abrahamic Judaism: From a Funder's Perspective

Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.