Mission and Values

Jewish  

If your Jewish identity informs your philanthropy…

Funders  

If you are a funder who is committed to effective and impactful philanthropy and…

Network  

If you believe that it takes collaboration and networking to make it happen…

…then JFN is your home.

Mission

JFN works with Jewish funders, at the individual and collective levels, to improve the quality of their giving and maximize their impact as they make the change they want to see in the world. JFN leverages the power and the creativity of networks to produce change in the Jewish World.

 

Values

JFN's values remain the ethical underpinning of everything we do. We represent a broad spectrum of beliefs and attitudes in our membership. We do not shy away from confronting difficult issues, encouraging respectful dialogue, and making hard choices guided by the following principles:

Responsibility

Responsibility (Tikkun Olam—Repair the World)

Together, we face the many pressing problems that exist in the world and are committed to helping funders determine the responsible, ethical use of wealth in creating meaningful solutions. We have the courage to take risks and the willingness to fail in our attempts.


 

Equality

Equality (Betzelem Elohim—all of us are created as equals)

We are an open and egalitarian community, where no one member has more power or influence because of his or her wealth, position, religious observance, age, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. We convene as a community of equals, united in our values.


 

Respect

Respect (Derech Eretz)

We listen carefully and respectfully to others.  We strive to create a safe place for provocative, confidential conversations about sensitive subjects, such as wealth, class, family dynamics, personal passions, Jewish identity, etc…


 

Inclusion

Inclusion (Eilu v’Eilu—"This and also this")

We are a pluralistic organization that values the richness of diversity and sees the opportunities for innovation and learning from conflict and divergent views. We promote shared inquiry, education, and informed action.


 

Partnership (Areyvut)

We do not advocate any particular funding cause, but act as an honest broker, striving to help donors connect with each other and root their giving in Jewish traditions, ethics and values. With humility, we facilitate the efforts of funders to be more effective, and to think critically about the possibilities for—and implications of—their philanthropy.