Peer Networks & Affinity Groups

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.

JFN also convenes affinity groups, such as the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty, that bring together funders and other stakeholders interested in a specific issue.

Benefits of participating in a peer network or affinity group include:

  • Networking with others interested in the same field
  • Discovering opportunities for collaboration
  • Delving deeper into a specific funding area with topic-specific webinars, funder convenings, and email updates
  • Peer network site visits

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 Ari Rudolph at [email protected].

 

Active JFN Peer Networks & Affinity Groups

CANVAS

CANVAS is a Jewish Funders Network-powered funding collaborative that seeks to encourage, support, and promote a 21st- century Jewish cultural renaissance. The CANVAS Mission: To elevate the ecosystem of Jewish arts & culture in North America through strategic and coordinated giving, education, and cross-sector exposure (between funders and artists, Jewish creatives and secular distribution networks/media, and more).

Green Funders Forum

A forum comprised of funders and professionals at philanthropic foundations who share a common interest in environmental issues; some of its members are also involved in philanthropic giving in this field. The Forum meets four to six times a year, bringing together dozens of funders and foundation representatives from Israel and overseas with experts from academia, the government, and the philanthropy sector for sessions of learning, sharing, consultation, and skill-building in various subjects related to environmental protection in Israel. To learn more, email [email protected]

National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty

A collaborative of funders, Jewish Federations, direct service providers, researchers, media outlets, and advocates dedicated to fighting poverty in the American Jewish community. Founded in 2019, it is coordinated by Jewish Funders Network and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. 

Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society

A philanthropic collaborative that brings together individuals, foundations, and federations who support an equal and inclusive shared society in Israel for the benefit of all of its citizens. It operates as both a peer network and a giving circle.

Learn about Israel-based peer networks and affinity groups here.

 

Past JFN Peer Networks

Disabilities and Special Needs

This peer network worked to create a Jewish community that is more supportive and inclusive of people with disabilities and their families. Over the course of four years, it moved the field. It commissioned a guide to funding disabilities and special needs, and had regular webinars on disability-related issues. It also arranged multiple site visits to providers of disability services in the United States and Israel, and, through JFN, linked up with experts in the field as well as other disability-funding networks.