Looking at Impact Investing Through a Jewish Lens

Impact investing has become quite popular lately, but it’s simply a new approach based on a very old concept – investing with one’s values to positively impact the world and minimize harm.

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Redefining Community and Philanthropy: The Legacy of John Ruskay

The story of a Federation leader is told not only by dollars raised but by lives changed; by realities improved and hopes restored. On that account, John’s legacy is one of outstanding success. He redefined the meaning of community in a time of rampant individualism.

eJewish Philanthropy, June 18, 2014

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Keeping the Greenbook Conversations Going

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JFN Israel Hosts Hitchadshut Yehudit Greenbook Salon

JFN Israel held a Hitchadshut Yehudit Greenbook Salon on June 10 at the home of Raya Strauss Ben-Dror and Shmuel Ben-Dror.  More than 30 funders gathered to learn together and discuss investments in this emerging field.

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Using the Outdoors to Get Back In to Jewish Life

My phone rings. “All my life,” the caller says, “I’ve been waiting for someone to connect my love of organic farming and my love of Judaism. And you just did it.”

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The Silent Majority in Philanthropy Makes Itself Heard

When it comes to private foundations in the U.S., the perception is very different from the reality.

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Shavuot Marks Society Bound by Covenant of Words, Not Use of Force

The Times of Israel, June 3, 2014

Imagine a country that says “we are going to get rid of all law enforcement agencies.” There will be no police, no army, and no coercion whatsoever. Sound like a hippie utopia? Can you hear John Lennon singing in the background?

Wait, it gets better.

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Video: Emergency Briefing—Ukraine

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JFN Co-Chair Avi Naor Receives Israel Prize, State’s Most Prestigious Award

NEW YORK, May 8, 2014—Avi Naor, the Jewish Funders Network co-chair, has received the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement for his pivotal role in fueling the growth of Israel’s high-tech industry and making  philanthropy an increasingly prominent feature of the Israeli landscape.

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In Search of a Jewish Consciousness

In 2009, my uncle, Saul Schottenstein, passed away.  Saul was a down-to-earth person who gave half of his estate to a foundation.  He made me a trustee. In his usual way, he created the foundation but left no instructions.

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