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 Nita Lowey Peace Act (MEPPA): What Should Funders Know?
    Monday, October 04, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Zoom

    12-1 pm ET/ 9-10 am PT/ 19:00-20:00 IL

    In December 2020, the U.S Congress passed the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act, a historic piece of legislation delivering unprecedented levels of funding for peacebuilding in Israel and Palestine.

    This new fund will deliver $250 million over five years to projects that support peacebuilding and Palestinian economic development and represents the largest investment ever in the region’s peacebuilders.

    Please join us for a webinar that will help prepare members for this groundbreaking initiative.

    JFN members Georgette Bennett and Danny Hakim, who are both deeply committed to the field of peacebuilding, will share how they are preparing their grantees, and how they think that we, as funders, should build an infrastructure that will allow maximizing this opportunity.

    John Lyndon, executive director of ALLMEP (Alliance for Middle East Peace) and an expert on The Nita Lowey Peace Act will be the main speaker and will give a presentation on the grant including important information, eligibility, the potential for change and more.

    The session will be followed by a Q&A that will provide a unique opportunity to learn and discuss the potential impact of The Nita Lowey Peace Act in the field of shared society. 

     

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    Impact Investing Roundtable 10/12
    Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Time: 12-1:30 pm ET/9-10:30 am PT/7-8:30 pm ISR

    Impact investing is an increasingly important way for individuals, foundations, Federations, and nonprofits to powerfully expand their capacity for social and environmental change, all while providing a framework to live their values through how they spend and invest.

    Join JFN’s growing community of impact investors for a lively and action-oriented monthly roundtable, each featuring a master class and two investment roundups, all led by JFN members and designed to encourage shared learning and shared action along our impact investing journeys.

    Whether you are new to impact investing or a seasoned veteran, the roundtables will help you to build skills, deepen your collaborations and deal access, and add meaning to how you're managing your money.

    Learn more about Jewish impact investing here.

    Moderator:

    Vanessa Bartram
    Managing Director
    ZORA Ventures

    Speakers:

    To be announced

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    Grantmaking Professionals Virtual Meetup 10/13
    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Online

    Please join us for a monthly virtual convening for grantmaking professionals. This event takes place on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise specified.

    Facilitators:

    Mike Berkowitz
    Co-Founder & Principal
    Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, LLC

    Tamar Frydman
    Director, Peer Programs
    Jewish Funders Network

    Save the date for our upcoming sessions:

    • Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 at 12 PM ET
    • Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at 12 PM ET

     

     

     

    JFN Grantmaking Professionals Exchange is a learning and networking initiative to strengthen relationships and enhance strategic, technical, and Jewish learning among professionals across the field of Jewish philanthropy.

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  • JFN News

    Embracing the Transition (Sukkot 5782)


    The novelist Milan Kundera noted that the difference between a path and a highway is that a path is “a strip of ground over which one walks,” whereas a highway “is merely a line that connects one point with another.” A highway, he wrote, has no meaning in itself; its meaning derives entirely from the two points that it connects and “is the triumphant devaluation of space, which thanks to it has been reduced to a mere obstacle to human movement and a waste of time.”

    Kundera wondered whether, in all but disappearing from the modern landscape, paths have also disappeared from the human soul. He lamented that people do not view their lives as a path, but as a highway, “a line that led from one point to another, from one role to the next … Time became a mere obstacle to life, an obstacle that had to be overcome by ever greater speed.”

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    Connecting Jewish Youth to Their Faith through Giving


    From Insights, the newsletter of Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (September 14, 2021)

    In this essay, Wayne Green of JFN's Honeycomb, writes about the importance of Jewish youth philanthropy programs in shaping the next generation of committed Jews and Jewish funders.

    What does our giving say about us? This is a good question for teens to ask themselves as they begin their journey of learning to do philanthropy well.

    As adults and educators working with teens, there are important questions to ask ourselves as well. How do we represent our experiences and learnings from childhood with the teens with whom we work? What are the core principles of religion, ‘ah-ha’ moments from our experiences, stories shared from grandparents and ancestors long gone, and the family and faith traditions that inspire us to act to make change for good today? How can we inspire youth to draw on these questions during their philanthropic journey?

    Read the full piece here.

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