Peer Networks

The Jewish Funders Network provides members with many ways to meet other funders, leverage giving, and learn from experts in funder-only environments. This enables members to ensure their philanthropy has a greater impact.

One way JFN facilitates that is through peer networks that are initiated by funders. Joining one can increase sharing and learning in a particular funding area, and provide more intimate opportunities to get to know other philanthropists with a shared passion.

There are many benefits to participating in a peer network, including:

  • Networking with other funders interested in the same field, and discovering opportunities for collaboration
  • Delving deeper into a specific funding area with topic-specific webinars, funder convenings, and email updates
  • The possibility of peer network site visits

JFN currently offers access to peer networks in five areas:

  1. Disabilities and Special Needs
    This peer network works to create a Jewish community that is more supportive and inclusive of people with disabilities and their families. It has commissioned a guide to funding disabilities and special needs, and has regular webinars on disability-related issues. It also arranges multiple site visits to providers of disability services in the United States and Israel, and, through JFN, links up with experts in the field as well as other disability-funding networks.
     
  2. Jewish Education
    This peer network takes on issues related to Jewish day schools as well as to informal education, such as community education initiatives and supplementary schools. It also offers webinars on topics of interest to funders of Jewish education. It will convene local funders to share knowledge in a field that is of wide interest to members of the network.
     
  3. Workforce Development
    This new peer network is a product of the 2013-14 Workforce Development Matching Grant initiative. If you are already funding, or are interested in learning more about, workforce development services in the United States or Israel that provide the “life-tools” for clients to lift themselves from poverty into solid self-support, preferably on a career track, then this peer network is for you. The peer network will offer webinars and site visits in the United States as well as educational networking events in Israel
     
  4. Funding Networks in Israel (multiple)
    Rapidly evolving networks in Israel include Committed to Give, a network of 18 philanthropists whose goals are to change the culture of giving in Israel, and encourage Israel’s affluent population to become more active and have a positive impact on Israeli society. The group was born from collaboration between JFN Israel and The Sheatufim Center. There is also The Next Generation, a network of young philanthropists who discuss their involvement and integration with local and international philanthropies and networks; Jewish Renewal, which is focused on renewing and strengthening Jewish identity among the vast spectrum of Jews in Israel; and the Young Adult Peer Network, which has a group of funders involved with issues related to young adults in Israel.
     
  5. Giving Circles and Collaboratives
    The peer network for funders of giving collaboratives and giving circles brings together leaders and coordinators of funding collaboratives, both veterans and those new to the field.

Interested in Starting a Peer Network?
Peer networks are initiated by JFN members, and require a minimum of five funders. If you are interested in starting a peer network, please contact Samantha Anderson at samantha@jfunders.org.