I am excited to announce the launch of the Grantmaking Professionals Exchange.
Building upon JFN's existing programming for grantmaking professionals, including our monthly online convenings and the annual retreat at our International Conference, the Exchange aims to strengthen relationships and enhance strategic, technical, and Jewish learning among professionals across the field of Jewish community philanthropy. The Exchange will be managed in partnership with our colleagues at Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies.
We are formally launching the Exchange with the addition of two new programs — Peer Learning & Support Groups and Mentor Matching. You can learn more about these, and our next monthly online convening, below:
Our next convening will be Wednesday, November 3, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET (9-10:30 a.m. PT/18:00-19:30 Israel). We will be joined by Daniel Stid, Program Director of the U.S. Democracy Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to discuss how to craft philanthropic strategies in the face of uncertainty. Everyone is encouraged to read this article, Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World, in advance.
Mentorship can provide an incredible opportunity for experienced professionals to help support and inform colleagues who are earlier in their careers. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out this short survey. If you are interested in being matched with a mentor, please fill out this one. The deadline for both is Friday, November 12. We will match mentors and mentees by December, with the expectation of launching mentorship in January.
Peer Learning & Support Groups
These are a great way for colleagues in the field to learn together, discuss areas of common interest, and support one another through both challenges and opportunities. They are also an excellent opportunity to get to know your fellow Jewish communal grantmaking professionals better! If you are interested in starting or joining a Peer Learning & Support Group, or in getting even more out of an existing group, please fill out this short survey by Friday, November 12.
If you are already running a Peer Learning & Support Group and would like to talk to other group leaders, receive training in how best to utilize your group, and access a JFN guide with ideas for peer learning activities and conversations, please click here.
Please note: The Grantmaking Professionals Exchange is for staff members working at foundations and other philanthropies that are members of JFN.