Jewish Funders Network is an international community of private foundations and philanthropists with over 2,500 members from 11 countries around the world whose mission is to promote meaningful giving and take an active part in the processes that change the thinking and action patterns of philanthropy in the Jewish 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

    Impact Investing Roundtable Session 5
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Impact investing is an increasingly important way for individuals, foundations, federations and non-profits 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.

    Moderator for Roundtable Series

    Vanessa Bartram, Managing Director, ZORA Ventures

    Speakers for October 20: 

    Yuval Lion
    Presenting "Travels with a Pragmatic Values Investor"

    Dalia Black
    Presenting "Advancing Hi-Tech in the Bedouin Community"

    3rd presenter to be announced

    This is the fifth in a five-part series. While you are welcome to join us for any of the roundtables, we encourage you to join us for the full series to maximize our shared learning and collaborations.

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    Tools & Opportunities for Funders to Impact Israel’s Environment : A JFN Green Funders Forum 3-Part Series
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Three workshops: Oct. 21 | Nov. 4 | Nov. 18

    Each workshop is at 19:00 - 21:00 IST (9 am PST, 12 noon EST)

    Please note: The sessions will be in English and are timed so that participants both in Israel and abroad can attend.

    With the growing concerns to Israel’s future due to the consequences of climate change and local environmental threats -- exacerbated by a changing world due to Covid-19 -- the Green Funders’ Forum is launching a unique series of workshops and individual consultations for funders interested in expanding their knowledge of and impact on Israel’s environment.

    We will address key questions to support impactful giving:

    • What are the main environmental challenges to Israel’s future?
    • How can philanthropy best influence these increasing challenges?
    • Who are the key players?
    • What is the social impact of funding in the environmental field in Israel? 
    • What are the opportunities to influence?
    • What are the lessons and best practices learned from previous and present experiences?

    Session 1- Oct. 21: 19:00-21:00 Israel Time: Getting to Know the Issues and Strategies of the Environmental Movement in Israel

    Session 2 - Nov. 4: 19:00-21:00 Israel Time: Funding Strategies for Environmental Impact in Israel

    Session 3 - Nov. 18: 19:00-21:00 Israel Time: Taking the Next Steps in Environmental Giving

    We invite you to join us in this opportunity to take the next step as individuals and as a Forum to make Israel sustainable for us and for future generations!

    The series is coordinated by JFN’s Green Funders’ Forum in collaboration with Life & Environment - The Umbrella Organization for the Israeli Environmental Movement.


    Exceptions can be made in special cases by emailing Sigal:

    RSVP here for all three sessions. Zoom links will be provided for each session upon RSVP.

    Maintaining Human Connection in a World Gone Virtual
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 02:00 PM

    As the pandemic restrictions continue, many still find themselves in remote work arrangements. The ongoing effort to maintain human connection in these settings—to co-workers, grantees, family members, and more—is a challenging one. After adjusting to working in Zoom, we now need to recall what's been left behind. In this webinar, JFN’s partner Foundant Technologies and JFN members present on how they’ve evolved their strategies to enable remote work environments that also maintain relationships.

    Together we’ll explore:

    • Strategies foundations/organizations are using to stay connected with grantees/members and maintain relationships
    • How foundations/organizations are engaging partners and key stakeholders in their grantmaking
    • What we’re learning about keeping team members engaged in a socially distanced world


    Michal Werner | Associate Executive Director, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey
    Valerie Rosenberg | Chief of Staff, Board Secretary, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
    Deena Fuchs | Executive Vice President, Jewish Funders Network
    Mark Larimer, moderator | Co-Founder, Foundant Technologies


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  • JFN News

    Lila Corwin Berman: How Political Is American Jewish Philanthropy?

    Episode 15 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

    Guest: Professor Lila Corwin Berman, author of "The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex"

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    Artists Explore Sukkot In a Time of Plagues

    We're thrilled to announce Dwelling in a Time of Plagues, a holiday-related constellation of outdoor art installations opening in Tucson, Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, and New York City this week with financial support and guidance from CANVAS, a Jewish arts and culture funding collaborative incubated at JFN.

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