Upcoming Events

Upcoming events for Jewish Funders Network, and selected third-party events of interest to JFN members.

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NEW POLICY: JFN members have unlimited access to all JFN events, webinars, and services. If you are not a JFN member, we welcome the interest of those eligible for membership and encourage you to sample our many offerings. However, please note that non-members who are eligible to join JFN are limited to three online programs or two live events per year (maximum three events total). Once this limit is reached, you will need to become a JFN member in order to access additional programs. (Please note that some programs are designated as members-only, while others have more open policies — participating in the open programs will not count against the limit.) Please contact [email protected] for information.

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  • The Grantmaker and Grantseeker Relationship: What We Know and How We Can Strengthen It

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    Online
    details & rsvp

    Time: 12-1pm ET/ 9-10am PT/ 7-8pm Israel

    Please join us for a conversation between Jewish Theological Seminary Professor Jack Wertheimer and Deena Fuchs about "Grantees and Their Funders," Jack's report on what professionals at Jewish nonprofits experience while working with funders.

    During this session you will also have an opportunity to learn about GrantED: Stronger Relationships, Greater Impact, a joint project of JFN and UpStart launched on March 15. GrantED is a direct response to the findings and recommendations in "Grantees and Their Funders." In addition to organizing programs and facilitated conversations, GrantED offers a wide range of tools, articles, case studies, and other resources on its website (www.jgranted.org).

    Speakers:

    Jack Wertheimer
    Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America

    Deena Fuchs (former Executive Vice President of JFN)
    Executive Director
    Micah Philanthropies

     

     

     

     

  • Teen Engagement in the Jewish Community via Virtual Platforms

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    details & rsvp

    Time: 12-1pm ET / 9-10am PT / 7-8pm Israel

    The Covid pandemic presented significant challenges to teen engagement across the US. Teen engagement organizations rose to the occasion, coming up with innovative solutions in response to these challenges. It is clear that connecting, engaging, and experiencing Jewish life online will continue to be a pivotal part of teen engagement moving forward.

    Hear from three incredible organizations who will share their expertise and learnings on online teen engagement. They will also share their perspectives on how technology and virtual spaces will continue to shape the landscape in the post-Covid world.

    Speakers:

    Sara Allen
    Executive Director
    Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative

    Wayne K Green
    Executive Director
    Honeycomb (formerly known as Jewish Teen Funders Network) 

    Seth Merrin 
    Managing Member, Merrin Investors 
    Board Member, Lost Tribe Esports 

    Jeffrey M. Solomon
    Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Cowen
    Chair of the Board, Lost Tribe Esports

  • JFN 101: Orientation for New Members and Anyone Wanting a Refresher

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 01:30 PM EDT
    Online
    details & rsvp

    *Note: This event is also being offered on Tuesday, April 27, from 12-1 pm ET/9-10 am PT/7-8 pm IL

    Welcome to the JFN family!  

    At this special session, led by JFN Board Chair Marcia Riklis and JFN Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement Ari Rudolph, you'll learn how to get the most out of your JFN membership and will have an opportunity to meet other members. We will cover a variety of topics, including membership benefits, how to use our website, and much more! 

    All JFN members, new and old, are welcome!

     

     

  • Addressing Jewish Poverty: Responding to Covid and Highlighting Best Practices

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    details & rsvp

    12-1pm ET/9-10am PT/7-8pm Israel

    The National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty will resume its bi-monthly webinar series. The series addresses the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has created for Jews living in poverty and the agencies that serve them, while also highlighting the successful responses to these challenges.

    Future sessions will occur every other Thursday. Save the following dates (all Thursdays, from 12-1 pm ET) for the next four sessions: May 6, May 20, June 3, and June 17. More dates will be announced soon.

    In this session, we'll focus on landscape analysis.

    Speakers

    Susan Wolf Ditkoff
    Senior Advisor
    The Bridgespan Group

     

  • JFN West: Coffee with JFN Officer Winnie Sandler Grinspoon

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM PDT
    Online
    details & rsvp

    This is the fifth installment of "Coffee with...," a series designed to provide a unique opportunity for JFN West members to engage in small-group conversation with and among JFN leaders and members. 

    Winnie Sandler Grinspoon, an officer on the JFN Board, is president of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the creator of PJ Library®, a program that shares Jewish tradition, culture, and values with more than 675,000 children and their families in multiple countries through monthly gifts of children’s books and resources. The foundation also works to enhance the Jewish community through its JCamp180™ initiative to support summer camp with an emphasis on fundraising, strategic planning and board development, and its Life & Legacy™ program, which works across North America to build endowments through legacy giving. 

    The Grinspoon Foundation and Life & Legacy were recently recognized with JFN's Shapiro Prize for Philanthropic Collaboration. Under Winnie's leadership, the foundation has launched All Together Now, a matching grant program that has raised more than $16 million for Jewish summer camps in the past year.

    Prior to her full-time work in philanthropy, Winnie practiced law in New York and in Boston. She lives in Weston, Mass. You can learn more about her in this recent eJewish Philanthropy article.

  • A New Center of Gravity: What Opportunities Do the Abraham Accords Offer for the Jewish World and the Arabian Peninsula?

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT
    Online
    details & rsvp

    The Abraham Accords have changed the Jewish map, opening up a new center of gravity for Jewish life in what some would consider the most unlikely place: the Arabian Peninsula. What are the emergent cultural trends, budding Jewish institutions, and unique historic opportunities to be leveraged? How can philanthropy operate in this new ecosystem for global Jewish activity? What principles ought to be applied to partnerships with local entities? Join moderator Carly Maisel, Global CEO of Kirsh Philanthropies, in a discussion with, Mr. Ross Kriel, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, and a final speaker to be confirmed.

    Moderator:

    Carly Maisel
    Global CEO
    Kirsh Philanthropies

    Speakers:

    Ross Kriel
    President, Jewish Council of the Emirates
    President, "Gates to the East" congregation, the only licensed synagogue in Dubai

    Yehuda Sarna
    Chief Rabbi, Jewish Council of the Emirates
    Honorary Chairman, Association of Gulf Jewish Communities
    University Chaplain, NYU
    Executive Director, Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU

     

  • JFN 101: Orientation for New Members and Anyone Wanting a Refresher

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    Online
    details & rsvp

    *Note: This event is also being offered on Wednesday, April 21, from 1:30-2:30 pm ET/10:30-11:30 am PT/8:30-9:30 pm IL

    Welcome to the JFN family!  

    At this special session, led by JFN Board Chair Marcia Riklis and JFN Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement Ari Rudolph, you'll learn how to get the most out of your membership and will have an opportunity to meet other members. We will cover a variety of topics, including membership benefits, how to use our website, and much more!

    All JFN members, new and old, are welcome!

     

  • What's Better for American Philanthropy: Regulation or Freedom?

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 01:00 PM EDT
    Online
    details & rsvp

    1-2pm ET/ 10-11am PT/8-9pm Israel

    Join Philanthropy Roundtable’s President and CEO Elise Westhoff in this livestream discussion, as she discusses the concerns raised by initiatives such as the Arnold-Madoff proposal that would impose new regulations on private foundations and donor-advised funds and could greatly impact the philanthropic sector. Elise will be joined by Howard Husock, Senior Executive Fellow, Philanthropy Roundtable, and Sandra Swirski, the Executive Director for the Alliance for Charitable Reform, as they analyze these new developments.

    Speakers:

    Elise Westhoff
    President and CEO
    Philanthropy Roundtable

    Howard Husock
    Senior Executive Fellow
    Philanthropy Roundtable

    Sandra Swirski
    Executive Director
    The Alliance for Charitable Reform

    More speakers to be confirmed

     

  • Israel Ideas Festival

    Monday, October 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM IDT through October 27, 2021
    Tel Aviv

    Save the date for this exciting in-person conference in Tel Aviv. More details coming soon!