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September 15, 2022

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JFN Joins Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition

Jewish Funders Network is proud to announce that we are a founding member of the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition (JCLC). 

Major Jewish organizations are coming together to launch this coalition that recognizes the existential threat and moral urgency of climate change and are committed to taking action.

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Coalition of Major Jewish Groups Convene in New International Initiative to Fight Climate Change

From eJewish Philanthropy (September 15, 2022)

The Jewish Funders Network has worked to make its conferences paperless in order to reduce waste, and will give future attendees the option to buy carbon offsets for their travel.

But its main climate work, said Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, the group’s executive vice president, is engaging funders around supporting green initiatives. JFN has a Green Funders Forum and will be encouraging its members to join the coalition. Sirbu said younger funders are especially engaged around the issue. “As an organization we are committed to putting environmental, climate-related content front and center in our programming,” she said.

Read the full article by Ben Sales in eJewish Philanthropy.

Learn more about JFN's role in the coalition and watch a video about the coalition here.

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September 8, 2022

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JFN Israel Volunteer Day

More than 50 participants from 15 different families came together last week for a lively JFN Israel members' family volunteer day at the Israeli Center for Guide Dogs.

Throughout the day participants (ranging in age from 4 months to over 70) learned about the Center's work training dogs to help individuals who are visually impaired, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or experiencing other special needs. They also did a simulation exercise to experience what it feels like to be visually impaired and made special chew toys for the puppies.

The gathering was just one of many in-person events through JFN Israel's Center for Family Philanthropy, which also offers a variety of lectures, discussions, affinity groups, and networking opportunities, including a special series for families that are newly wealthy and an upcoming Young Funders Forum program for the High Holidays.

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September 1, 2022

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August 25, 2022

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Bret Stephens: Fostering Jewish Conversations

Episode 31 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

New York Times columnist and Sapir Editor-in-Chief Bret Stephens talks with JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny about the importance and limits of civil debate and making room for a diversity of opinions in a time of polarization and echo chambers.

 

 

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August 18, 2022

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Impacting Investing Goes More Mainstream as ESG Strategies Change

From eJewish Philanthropy (August 15, 2022)

Impact investing eludes a precise definition, as different donors can feel they are making a positive impact with different kinds of investments.

“For some [private] foundations, investing in Israel will be considered impact because it helps Israel,” said Andres Spokoiny, CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, an umbrella group for Jewish private foundations. “Others are going to tell you no, just investing in say, Waze or Mobileye is not really impact…there’s not any tradeoff between profit and philanthropic impact.”

Largely, Jewish community foundations have settled on offering impact investment programs that make donors feel they are making an immediate impact, rather than gaining long-term financial returns from financial markets. Donors aren’t losing money, however, as impact investments are often in the form of recyclable loans.

Read the full article by Lev Gringauz in eJewish Philanthropy.

Read JFN's "Guide to Jewish Impact Investing"

Learn about JFN offerings for impact investors.

 

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