ADVANCE Conference 2011 Summary Report


Jewish Funders Network, Ruderman Family Foundation, The Jewish Federations of North America, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

On December 2011, nearly 175 leaders – funders, academic experts and program leaders – came together in New York for theΒ ADVANCE ConferenceΒ to explore ways that the Jewish community can do more to be fully inclusive of people with disabilities. With the collaborative leadership of the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Jewish Funders Network, the conference showcased two important lessons for active philanthropy. First, disabilities is a critical issue: no community, let alone one the size of the Jewish community, can afford to exclude people from it. Second, a call to action for funders to transform their individual commitments into joint action that can change the face of disability in the Jewish community.

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