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    Shoshana Cardin z"l

    JFN mourns the passing of Shoshana Cardin (1926 – 2018). A visionary Jewish leader whose communal work spanned decades, Cardin leaves a legacy of service and tireless advocacy.

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    Kira Radinsky: Using Data to Predict Genocide, Disease, Riots, Drug Effects, and More

    At the Jewish Funders Network 2018 International Conference, Dr. Kira Radinsky (Chief Scientist and Director of Data Science at eBay) discussed her work using data to predict events and issues from ebola and cholera to genocide and riots, and model complex systems of causality like drug effects.

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  • Upcoming events

    The Exchange 2018: Scaling Impact Together
    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 07:30 AM through May 24, 2018

    We're glad to extend an invitation to The Exchange 2018 conference on May 23-24 in New York City, presented by the Social Impact Exchange and Morgan Stanley. Thanks to our collaboration with the Social Impact Exchange, JFN is delighted to offer our members a registration discount of almost 50% (Original Price: $1695; Member Discount: $895). This offer is valid through May 22, three weeks after the early bird discount has expired!

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    The conference will address key issues of collaboration and the vital importance of working across sectors, and will combine both knowledge sessions and opportunities for taking direct action. There will be specific issue tracks in educationhealtheconomic mobility, the environment and impact investing. Featured speakers include Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President for Program, the Ford Foundation; Don Howard, President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation; Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc., and President, Walmart Foundation, Stephen Heintz, President, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Mandell Crawley, Head of Private Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder and former CEO, Seventh Generation; Hadi Partovi, Founder and CEO, code.orgKyle Peterson, Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation; John Kania, Global Managing Director, FSG; and Alan Alda, renowned actor, writer, and advocate for science communication.

    The 2018 Conference will bring together more than 400 high-net-worth donors, foundations, individual philanthropists, wealth advisors, and industry leaders to learn about innovative methods for achieving large-scale impact through multi-sector collaboration. 

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    Evolving Jewish Philanthropy: Breaking Down the "Giving Jewish" Report (Webinar)
    Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Prof. Jack Wertheimer's report for the AVI CHAI Foundation, Giving Jewish: How Big Funders Have Transformed American Jewish Philanthropyhas provoked spirited discussion in the Jewish philanthropic world. He has found that large donors are changing the face of Jewish philanthropy by shifting priorities toward Jewish engagement and away from legacy institutions or social service agencies. There also is a trend toward creating staffed foundations, pursuing measurable impact investing, increased collaboration, and more active participation by new groups—women, Millennials, and Orthodox donors.

    Join Prof. Jack Wertheimer and JFN President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny for a discussion of the report's findings and its implications for the Jewish community and your own philanthropic work. Deena FuchsSenior Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the AVI CHAI Foundation, will facilitate the discussion.

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    Next Gen Board Leadership Training (Third Party Event)
    Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 06:00 PM through June 21, 2018
    The Jewish Museum in New York, NY

    Five consecutive weekly evening sessions, Thursday nights from May 24th – June 21st, 6 PM – 9 PM ET.

    Dinner will be served.

    Who Should Attend? Millennials and Gen Xers currently serving or preparing to serve on a nonprofit board.

    Cost: $1,800 participant fee.

    Nonprofit board participation is a big responsibility, and individuals joining boards for the first time can feel unprepared to adopt the role of board member with confidence. 21/64 has partnered with The Paul and Jenna Segal Foundation to create a course that empowers the next generation to serve as leaders, and to acquire the skills and know-how to be successful board members. 

    The course will be a fusion of experiential learning and purposeful skill building, designed to cultivate the next generation of board members who are well informed and trained to take on the role of board member effectively. Rather than reinventing the wheel by offering just another course pertaining to board governance, this course will layer on a critically important generational lens and allow next gen participants to find their voice and learn about their unique opportunity to lead.

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