Choosing The People: How Funders Can Invest in Jewish Communal Leaders and Professionals

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 12:00pm – 1:15pm EDT


Why are Jewish nonprofit institutions struggling to find the talent they need, particularly at the most senior ranks? In the winter of 2013, a group of funders, mostly CEOs of Jewish foundations, came together to brainstorm ways they could help. As a result of this initial conversation, they hired The Bridgespan Group to explore these questions and to develop a plan to move from discussion to action. The result was this report and the founding of the Jewish Leadership Pipelines Alliance. But, the Jewish community is not alone in its quest to attract, develop, and retain high-quality leaders for nonprofits. The Talent Philanthropy Project, launched in 2014 by former Executive Director of EPIP, Rusty Stahl, and backed by some of the nation's largest and most esteemed foundations, aims to explore these issues and work with funders to channel their investments into supporting grantee talent. 

Learn more about the Alliance's efforts and the work of the Talent Philanthropy Project, and find out how two JFN members, Cindy Chazan, Vice President at The Wexner Foundation, and Adam Simon, Director of Leadership Initiatives at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, approach funding talent and strengthening our sector.


  • Cindy Chazan¬†is Vice President for The Wexner Foundation.
  • Gali Cooks¬†is the inaugural Executive Director of the Leadership Pipelines Alliance.
  • Adam Simon¬†is the Director of Leadership Initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
  • Rusty Stahl¬†is President and CEO of Talent Philanthropy Project.

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