Jewish Funders Network is an international community of private foundations and philanthropists whose mission is to promote meaningful giving and to improve philanthropy in the Jewish world. We have more than 2,500 members from 11 countries around the world. JFN Israel, established in 2008, enables Israeli funders to exchange ideas about their philanthropic involvement and expand their giving circles, both in Israel and overseas.

 

  • Upcoming events

     
    The Grantmaker and Grantseeker Relationship: What We Know and How We Can Strengthen It
    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Online

    Time: 12-1pm ET/ 9-10am PT/ 7-8pm Israel

    Please join us for a conversation between Jewish Theological Seminary Professor Jack Wertheimer and Deena Fuchs about "Grantees and Their Funders," Jack's report on what professionals at Jewish nonprofits experience while working with funders.

    During this session you will also have an opportunity to learn about GrantED: Stronger Relationships, Greater Impact, a joint project of JFN and UpStart launched on March 15. GrantED is a direct response to the findings and recommendations in "Grantees and Their Funders." In addition to organizing programs and facilitated conversations, GrantED offers a wide range of tools, articles, case studies, and other resources on its website (www.jgranted.org).

    Speakers:

    Jack Wertheimer
    Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America

    Deena Fuchs (former Executive Vice President of JFN)
    Executive Director
    Micah Philanthropies

     

     

     

     

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    Teen Engagement in the Jewish Community via Virtual Platforms
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Time: 12-1pm ET / 9-10am PT / 7-8pm Israel

    The Covid pandemic presented significant challenges to teen engagement across the US. Teen engagement organizations rose to the occasion, coming up with innovative solutions in response to these challenges. It is clear that connecting, engaging, and experiencing Jewish life online will continue to be a pivotal part of teen engagement moving forward.

    Hear from three incredible organizations who will share their expertise and learnings on online teen engagement. They will also share their perspectives on how technology and virtual spaces will continue to shape the landscape in the post-Covid world.

    Speakers:

    Sara Allen
    Executive Director
    Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative

    Wayne K Green
    Executive Director
    Honeycomb (formerly known as Jewish Teen Funders Network) 

    Seth Merrin 
    Managing Member, Merrin Investors 
    Board Member, Lost Tribe Esports 

    Jeffrey M. Solomon
    Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Cowen
    Chair of the Board, Lost Tribe Esports

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    JFN 101: Orientation for New Members and Anyone Wanting a Refresher
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 01:30 PM
    Online

    *Note: This event is also being offered on Tuesday, April 27, from 12-1 pm ET/9-10 am PT/7-8 pm IL

    Welcome to the JFN family!  

    At this special session, led by JFN Board Chair Marcia Riklis and JFN Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement Ari Rudolph, you'll learn how to get the most out of your JFN membership and will have an opportunity to meet other members. We will cover a variety of topics, including membership benefits, how to use our website, and much more! 

    All JFN members, new and old, are welcome!

     

     

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  • JFN News

    Of Oysters and Israel (Yom Ha'atzma'ut 5781)


    One article changed my whole view of Zionism.

    Since I’d grown up in a strongly Zionist environment, from my home to my day school to my camp, believing that Israel was a model country that could do no wrong, the article should have produced a crisis, and maybe even threatened my attachment to the Zionist idea. Yet, it did the exact opposite.

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    Amid a Lack of Support, This Funding Collaborative Backs Jewish Arts and Culture


    From Inside Philanthropy (March 26, 2021)

    It’s been almost seven years since the National Foundation for Jewish Culture ceased operations. The closure of NFJC, which had been supporting Jewish artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and scholars since 1961, signified what many in the creative community were already painfully aware of: Philanthropists were not supporting Jewish arts and culture as they had in the past.

    These developments alarmed Lou Cove, a senior advisor to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and founder of CANVAS, a Jewish Funders Network (JFN) collaborative that aims to create a 21st-century Jewish arts and culture renaissance. CANVAS launched in September 2019 and began making its first grants in March 2020, just as COVID-19 arrived in the United States.

    Read the full article by Simone Ellin on the Inside Philanthropy site or download this PDF

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