Resilience Isn’t Enough. We Need 'Renaissilience'

JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny's presidential address at the JFN 2021 International Conference, delivered online on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

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JFN and Genesis Philanthropy Group Establish Ilia Salita Award for Excellence in Applied Research

The establishment of the Ilia Salita Excellence in Research Award, funded by Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), was announced at the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) 2021 International Conference on Wednesday, March 17. The award celebrates the life and legacy of Ilia Salita z”l, GPG’s former president and CEO, who was a deeply respected and beloved figure in the Jewish philanthropic world.  

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Jonathan Horowitz of The Klarman Family Foundation Wins 2021 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

NEW YORK, March 17 -- Jewish Funders Network today awarded the 2021 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award to Jonathan Horowitz of The Klarman Family Foundation at its international conference, which was held online.

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Grinspoon Foundation Wins JFN's 2020 Shapiro Prize for its Life & Legacy Program

Jewish Funders Network awarded its 2020 Shapiro Prize for Philanthropic Collaboration to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) during JFN’s international conference, which is being held virtually.

While best known for its popular PJ Library program of distributing free books to Jewish children, the Springfield, Mass., foundation has impacted Jewish life just as dramatically with Life & Legacy, a groundbreaking fundraising initiative with 63 philanthropic partners in Jewish communities throughout North America.

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Announcing GrantED, a New Project to Strengthen Grantmaker-Grantseeker Relationships

NEW YORK, March 15 — Jewish Funders Network (JFN) today announced the launch of GrantED, a new project designed to strengthen relationships between Jewish philanthropists and the Jewish nonprofit sector.

A joint project of JFN and UpStart (with assistance from Hadar), GrantED: Stronger Relationships, Greater Impact (www.jgranted.org) produces and curates articles, tools, and other materials to inspire and inform grantmakers and grantseekers in the Jewish community. It also offers workshops, facilitated conversations and other programs.

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Announcing Honeycomb!

With a growing international footprint and new intensive trainings, resources, and consulting services, the Jewish Teen Funders Network has rebranded as Honeycomb, focusing on helping educators and community leaders run immersive Jewish philanthropy experiences and programs and other meaningful grantmaking activities for youth and families. Following more than a decade fostering Jewish teens’ philanthropy, Honeycomb recognizes the urgency—and opportunity—with Jewish youth today who want to create positive change in their communities and globally, inspired by their Jewish values and learning.

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JFN's Dafna Meitar-Nechmad Makes History

Congratulations to JFN Board Member Dafna Meitar-Nechmad for being the first woman named Chair of the Tel Aviv University Board of Governors!

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JFN's Andrés Spokoiny, Natan's Felicia Herman and Others On How a Jewish Communal Apocalypse Was Avoided

Why haven't we seen the dire institutional turbulence that many predicted a year ago? Yehuda Kurtzer discusses the lessons of 2008 and the role of Jewish philanthropy in the pandemic with guests from three major philanthropic organizations on this week's episode of the Identity/Crisis podcast.

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Updates from JFN Israel

The past year has been an extremely busy one for JFN members in North America, Israel, and beyond. On top of responding to the coronavirus pandemic, JFN Israel this year completed a two-year process of evaluating its impact on the Israeli philanthropic field. Among the findings: 

Download a recent update from JFN Israel, which includes highlights from JFN IMPACT Index, developed in collaboration with Effective Research for Social Impact, a research and consultancy firm. Among the findings: 

  • 60 percent of JFN Israel members apply strategic philanthropic practices to their grantmaking process.
  • 73 percent of JFN Israel members collaborate with other members on projects or as strategic partners.
  • 78 percent of JFN Israel members feel a part of the Israeli philanthropic community.

We encourage you to visit JFN Israel's newly revamped website, updated in both Hebrew and English.

Learn more about Keshet, the new donor-advised fund service JFN Israel recently helped launch, here.

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Israel's Oil Spill Crisis: A Call to Action from JFN's Green Funders Forum

Israel is currently facing one of its worst-ever ecological disasters — an unprecedented oil spill affecting the country’s entire coastline. On Feb. 17, an estimated 1,200 tons of oil spilled from a tanker approximately 30 miles off Israel’s coast, but the spill was not immediately reported. Almost all of Israel’s coastline was covered with batches of hazardous tar. In response, JFN’s Green Funders Forum held an emergency briefing last week, featuring representatives of Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority and key environmental NGOs. (Watch it here or scroll down to the bottom of this page.)

Philanthropy is urgently needed to assist with cleanup and prevention efforts.

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