10 Atlanta Funders Have Formed a Collaborative

From eJewish Philanthropy (June 11, 2021)

When the pandemic hit last spring, Lisa Brill and her daughter-in-law both endured many sleepless nights wondering how COVID-19 would affect Atlanta’s Jewish community, and whether they could harness the disruption for the community’s benefit, Brill said.

They reached out to the Atlanta Jewish Foundation (AJF), which is part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and shared their desire to use the pandemic as an opportunity to work with other donors.

“We’ve been in Atlanta since 1979,” said Brill, whose husband Ron Brill co-founded Home Depot with Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. “This is a dynamic city. We’ve seen the highs and the lows, and we know that things can always get better.”

AJF, in turn, connected with Jewish Funders Network (JFN), of which they are members, said Jori Mendel, AJF’s deputy director. JFN is an education and support organization for family foundations, federations and individuals, and it has developed training and resources to help funders carry out scenario planning that would survey their community’s needs and begin figuring out ways to address them.

The result was a funder collaborative of 10 funders that started in an unusual way, Brill said — there was “no ask.” In addition to the Brills, who initiated the collaborative, participants include the Marcus and Zalik families and donors who range in age from their late 30s to the mid-70s. David Zalik is co-founder and CEO of Atlanta-based fintech company GreenSky.

Read more in eJewish Philanthropy about this unique collaborative powered by JFN.

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The Jews in the Pew: What the 2021 Pew Report Tells Us About Modern Identity

From eJewish Philanthropy (June 4, 2021)

In this piece, JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny offers seven "under the hood" reflections into the Pew Research Center’s recently released “Jewish Americans in 2020” report.

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JFN Membership Just Got Even More Valuable

JFN membership just got even more valuable! As part of our larger strategy to curate the best resources from both the Jewish and secular philanthropic worlds for you, we’ve partnered with the Chronicle of Philanthropy to offer our members an exclusive 20 percent discount on subscriptions.

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American Funders of Israeli Civil Society Efforts Take Stock After Riots

From eJewish Philanthropy (May 26, 2021)

In this article, eJewish Philanthropy's Helen Chernikoff speaks with leaders of JFN's Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society about how they are responding in the aftermath of rioting in mixed Jewish-Arab towns of Israel. 

 

“There is progress that has been made over the last 20 years,” said Joshua Arnow, co-chair of JFN’s Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society, a 21-member collaborative that includes both individuals like Arnow, foundations such as the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, and the Morningstar Foundation, as well as several local federations. “I’ve been told by people in the Arab community who are in NGO [non-governmental organization] leadership roles that there is a foundation of shared society work that has not crumbled,” Arnow added.

 

In addition to SVF, the article notes the longtime involvement of several JFN members in this sector, including The Russell Berrie Foundation; Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation; One8 Foundation; the Bader Philanthropies; and Crown Family Philanthropies.

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Engage Your Family in Philanthropy with Honeycomb

At JFN we want Jewish philanthropy to remain vibrant for generations to come. That’s why we’re so excited that our program Honeycomb (formerly Jewish Teen Funders Network) is now working directly with JFN members to engage your children and grandchildren in giving.

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Rep. Kathy Manning: From Jewish Leader to Political Rising Star

Episode 22 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Freshman Rep. Kathy Manning (D-North Carolina) — a former JFN board member and the first woman president of the Jewish Federations of North America — talks about why and how she got into politics and her tumultuous first month in office.

 

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SVF Statement on the Current Violence in Israel

The Social Venture Fund for Jewish Arab-Equality and Shared Society, a JFN funder collaborative, issued the following statement:

We are deeply shaken, filled with sorrow, and profoundly troubled by the violence and acts of hatred that are tearing apart the fragile social fabric of Israel.

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What Really Happened at Mount Sinai? (Shavuot 5781)

According to Midrash, all the souls of the future generations were present at Mount Sinai the moment the Torah was given. As a child, I believed this to be literally true, which posed some challenges to my young mind. First, was I among those that built the golden calf? And if I was there, why didn’t I remember any of it? I did try to picture myself there, imagining myself as an extra in “The 10 Commandments” looking at Charlton Heston from afar.

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JFN Stands With And In Israel

Jewish Funders Network stands with the people of Israel — including our hundreds of Israeli members and six members of our staff — as they face a barrage of attacks from Hamas and a surge of violence in Jerusalem. We mourn all the victims and pray for all the wounded. 
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Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu Named JFN Executive Vice President

Jewish Funders Network is delighted to announce it has hired Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu as its new Executive Vice President. She will begin on June 14.

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