Briefing: Fires Devastating the Los Angeles Jewish Community

Wildfires in greater Los Angeles have killed people and are destroying thousands of homes, as well as Jewish institutions: Camp Hess Kramer, Gindling Hilltop Camp, Shalom Institute (Camp JCA Shalom), and Ilan Ramon Day School. In this briefing, local Jewish communal leaders discuss the impact of this disaster on the Jewish community in the region and how funders can help.

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Giving Circle Reports from Women's Philanthropy Institute

Giving circles, which tripled in the United States from 2007-2017, help introduce new and increasingly diverse donors into the world of philanthropy. As giving circles continue to grow more popular, two reports from the Women's Philanthropy Institute and the Collective Giving Research Group provide a deeper understanding of how this women-driven model of giving is evolving and influencing the philanthropic sector.

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California Fires: How to Help

(Last updated November 15, 2018)

California wildfires have killed dozens of people and are destroying thousands of homes, as well as Jewish institutions. Below is a non-exhaustive list of resources for Jewish philanthropists to learn more and help.

To submit another link to add to this list, please email seth@jfunders.org.

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Briefing: Pittsburgh Jewish Communal Immediate Needs

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A Tree of Life, and Light for Joy: Philanthropy After Terror

All weekend as I watched the news, I wondered again what I’ve wondered before: why isn’t pain a zero sum game? Why can’t we spread the sadness thin by sharing it, until it almost disappears? Why is it rather that even though we all share the grief, it doesn’t diminish?

Looking at the pictures from Pittsburgh, I wished that the sorrow I felt could ease the unspeakable burden of grief faced by the families and loved ones directly touched. I wish I could take upon myself some of the pain that congregation Tree of Life / Or L’Simcha, and the broader community of Squirrel Hill, faces. But their pain doesn’t diminish, and mine grows. The heartache expands, seemingly inextinguishable. As Jeremiah proclaimed, “Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! Then would I weep day and night for the slain of my people.”

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Leading Edge CEO Search Committee Guide

The vast majority of senior leaders in Jewish nonprofits will need to be replaced in the coming years.

Leading Edge partnered with a Senior Editor from Harvard Business Review to distill the most important elements of running a successful nonprofit CEO search.

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Aged Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise: Purposeful Later Lives and Legacies of Meaning

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Philanthropist Resource Guide (PRG)

An inventory of approximately 200 organizations across the United States that work to support the philanthropic activities of high net worth (HNW) donors by Stanford PACS.

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Strengthening Grantees: Foundation and Nonprofit Perspectives

Based on survey responses from 170 nonprofit CEOs and 187 foundation leaders who primarily oversee programmatic work at their organizations, Strengthening Grantees: Foundation and Nonprofit Perspectives provides a comprehensive examination of foundations’ efforts to strengthen grantee organizations and leaders. The data reveals that foundations are not as in touch with nonprofits’ needs as they think they are, and that both foundations and nonprofits alike have a role to play in closing the gap between the support nonprofits need and the support foundations provide.

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Tikkun Olam: A Defense and a Critique

Lately there seems to be a concerted attack on the idea of Tikkun Olam. Critics say Tikkun Olam is not a Jewish idea, but merely liberal politics masquerading as Jewish values.

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