Video: Redesigning the Jewish Future: A Case Study from Hillel

The future of North American Jewish life is evolving more quickly than ever, and in order to help the Jewish community thrive, funders need to embrace new approaches and perspectives in order to re-position our institutions and initiatives for greater impact.

This webinar shares a high-impact case study piloted with a cohort of Hillels, using quantitative and qualitative data results to show the impact of applying a Design Thinking methodology. With an eye to the future, we can re-imagine how and what we fund and support as community builders.

Speakers:

Karyn Cohen Karyn Cohen, Director, Jewish Life and Israel, One8 Foundation
Yonah Schiller Yonah Schiller, Executive Director of Tulane Hillel, and Founder & Senior Project Advisor of the Organizational Design Lab

 

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Rabbi David Wolpe: Jewish Identity, Authenticity, and Unity

Episode 3 of What Gives? The Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Rabbi David Wolpe, renowned writer and speaker and senior rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.

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Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits

By Ellie Buteau, Hannah Martin, and Charis Loh, The Center for Effective Philanthropy

The biggest source of philanthropic support for nonprofits in the United States is giving from individual donors. Of the $428 billion in total charitable giving in 2018, individual donors contributed 68 percent. However, the recent decline in giving among small- and medium-gift givers means that major donors are becoming increasingly important to nonprofits. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) surveyed its Grantee Voice panel of more than 600 nonprofit leaders across the country to learn what support nonprofits receive from major donors, what major donors can do to support nonprofits better, and how nonprofits’ relationships with major donors differ from their relationships with staffed foundations.

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Only the Mediocre Can Save the World (Rosh Hashanah 5780)

I’ve seen the creation of the world on live TV.

No, I really have; and you probably have too, many times, without realizing it.

Remember that static black-and-white “snow” on your analog TV in between channels? Well, part of that static is something called Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), which is nothing but the light created by the Big Bang explosion that is still bouncing around in space. Visually alluring it’s not—rather close to watching paint dry—but it’s kind of cool that today, with your own eyes, you can directly see the beginning of the world.

But you can also see its end.

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Ilia Salita: Russian-Speaking Jews and World Jewry

Episode 2 of What Gives? The Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Ilia Salita, President and CEO of Genesis Philanthropy Group

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Social Compact In A Changing World: How Philanthropies are Grappling with Growing Scrutiny and Critique

Throughout Europe and the U.S., many are pushing back on what they perceive as an inappropriate influence on public policy by private funders and questioning the power dynamic that enables wealthy private funders to impose their solutions to social and environmental problems without being required to involve the affected communities. Even the pundit world reveals this critique, with the subtitles of recent books speaking volumes: The Elite Charade of Changing the World of Anand Giridharadas’ Winners Take All, and Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better of Rob Reich’s Just Giving.

Globally, the rise of populism, discontent, and illiberal tendencies have led to accusations that philanthropy is being used as a tool to further a political agenda or consolidate power. Moreover, foundations that engage with socially and politically sensitive issues often find themselves targets of campaigns to delegitimize their work, philanthropic intent, and funding sources.

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Reflecting on the Israeli Philanthropy Conference 2019

Israeli Philanthropy Conference

On September 9th, over 200 funders, foundation professionals, and philanthropic representatives gathered at the Suzanne Dellal Auditorium in Tel Aviv to be part of the growing community of Israeli philanthropists at the 2nd Israeli Philanthropy Conference.

It was presented by JFN Israel in partnership with Tel Aviv University's Institute for Law and Philanthropy, the Forum of Foundations in Israel, and Committed to Give. (Click here to read a blog post by JFN member Philippe J. Weil about the first Israeli Philanthropy Conference, which was held in 2017.)

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Lisa Eisen: Making Jewish life relevant, inclusive, and compelling

The premiere episode of What Gives? The Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Lisa Eisen, President of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's U.S. Jewish Portfolio.

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Israeli Elections 2019, Take 2 — What's at Stake?

Just days before Israel’s unprecedented second national election this year, former Member of Knesset Yohanan Plesner, president of the non-partisan Israel Democracy Institute, provides a deep dive into the latest trends and issues impacting this historic vote. This presentation features new polling and data presenting insights into what Israelis are thinking as they enter the polling station and the possible scenarios we can expect to see as the results come in.

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Analysis: Israeli Elections 2019, Take 2—What's at Stake?

Yohanan Plesner, president of the non-partisan Israel Democracy Institute, shares his analysis of what's at stake in the imminent election campaign in Israel.

See also: Yohanan's pre-election video briefing >>

Introduction

For the first time ever, Israel is heading for a second national election just months after the conclusion of April's vote. For many Israelis who cherish the democratic values of this country, this election is critical, not so much because of which candidate might end up being prime minister, but because of the possibility of judicial reforms that might soon pass in the Knesset which would limit the Supreme Court's ability to perform crucial oversight over the political system.

How did we get here?

Before detailing what is at stake in this unprecedented political situation, it is important to understand how we got here in the first place.

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