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Creating Something Positive Out of a Senseless Loss

Surviving 9/11, a bombing, and a tsunami helped turn a millionaire businessman into a philanthropist. He explains how he applies his professional disciplines, skills, and planning to grantmaking.  

The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation

A number of funders have begun exploring how to deliberately reintroduce risk-taking into their processes and portfolios in search of breakthrough change.

No More American "Rich Uncle" for Israeli Philanthropy

The emergence of Israeli philanthropy does much more than “add more money to the pot;” it radically changes Jewish philanthropic involvement in Israel, writes JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny.

 

The Seven Deadly Excuses for Avoiding Philanthropy

Many people buy into myths about giving — myths that undermine their willingness to give (or give more) to worthy causes.

Millennials are Important, But Don't Forget About the Rest of Us

It is rare to find support for any project geared toward reaching Jews over 40, but Isn’t it possible that in our zeal to attract one significant group, we’re making a mistake by overlooking the others?

Redefining Freedom

Those of you with young children or grandchildren surely know books like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Big Nate.” My kids love them and I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully, of course, to wean them from these literary paupers.

Israel's Internal Ticking Time Bomb

One of the more provacative titles for a panel at the 2014 JFN Conference was "Israel's Internal Ticking Time Bomb." The title, unfortunately, is anything but hype. There are very real internal threats in Israel due to poverty and inequality.

A Thank You from Jason Arison

By many accounts, the JFN annual conference in Miami Beach earlier this month was judged by many attendees to be an unqualified success for its range of programs and networking opportunities. Sunny skies and temperatures in the lows 80s certainly didn't hurt either.

From Seed to Tree: When a Meeting Leads to Meaningful Action

The following post was written by Noa Yovel Maoz, a board member at the Gandyr Foundation in Israel.

We often talk about planting seeds to foster meaningful philanthropic collaborations.