Grantees and Their Funders

We are proud to share “Grantees and Their Funders,” an important new report by Professor Jack Wertheimer that is guiding JFN in our efforts to further strengthen the relationship between Jewish philanthropists and the Jewish nonprofit sector.

This report was prepared before the Covid-19 pandemic turned our world upside down — in fact, we were planning to release it in March at our international conference, which, for safety reasons, we cancelled. In the months since, we are witnessing a sea change in how many funders are operating, a change that has been spurred by the vast needs of this pandemic, but that is in line with many of this report’s recommendations. In particular, we are seeing funders streamlining reporting requirements; offering more unrestricted, rather than project-based, grants; recognizing and relying on the expertise of grantees.

We applaud these changes, and, in releasing this report now, we hope to build on this momentum, so that at this time of intense needs, we are funding as effectively as possible, and so that, even after the pandemic recedes into memory, these new practices become the new normal.

In the coming months, we plan to forge a community-wide conversation that uses the findings from this study to support good practices in Jewish philanthropy.

Please take the time to read this report, share it with your friends and colleagues, and let us at JFN know what you think

Thank you for your good work and for being a part of this important conversation.

Download the report