What Gives? The Jewish Philanthropy Podcast

Hosted by JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny, "What Gives" is a space for exploring and debating the ideas that matter in philanthropy and the Jewish community. Along the way, we'll build a deeper sense of community by sharing stories, getting to know the people in our field, and spreading ideas that can help all Jews and all givers change the world.

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Adina Shapiro & Reem Younis: Cultivating Arab Philanthropy in Israel

Episode 23 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

JFN Board Member Adina Shapiro and Israeli Entrepreneur/Philanthropist Reem Younis talk about Qudra, a new network for Israel's growing community of Arab philanthropists.

 

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Vanessa Bartram & Michael Lustig: Tapping The Potential of Jewish Impact Investing

Episode 22 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

JFN members and impact investors Michael Lustig and Vanessa Bartram share what you need to know about this exciting tool for growing your impact and ensuring your investments align with your values. Michael is the author of JFN's new Greenbook, "A Guide to Jewish Impact Investing," and Vanessa facilitates JFN's monthly impact investing roundtable series.

 

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Rep. Kathy Manning: From Jewish Leader to Political Rising Star

Episode 22 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Freshman Rep. Kathy Manning (D-North Carolina) — a former JFN board member and the first woman president of the Jewish Federations of North America — talks about why and how she got into politics and her tumultuous first month in office.

 

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Lisa Greer: Revolutionizing the Way Fundraisers and Philanthropists Interact

Episode 21 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Philanthropist, author, and JFN member Lisa Greer talks to host Andrés Spokoiny about philanthropic strategy, some common mistakes fundraisers and philanthropists make, and ways to strengthen relationships between funders and nonprofits.

Lisa is the author of the 2020 book, “Philanthropy Revolution: How to Inspire Donors, Build Relationships and Make a Difference” (Harper Collins), the first such book written from the perspective of a philanthropist.

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Understanding the Grantee-Funder Relationship

Episode 20 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Dena Libman of the Azrieli Foundation and Jack Wertheimer of Jewish Theological Seminary talk about findings from Wertheimer's 2020 "Grantees and Their Funders" report, one of the catalysts for GrantED: Stronger Relationships, Greater Impact, a joint project of JFN and UpStart.

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Cintra Pollack: Achieving Impact in Grantmaking and Investing

Episode 19 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Cintra Pollack, an investor, philanthropist and JFN board member, talks about impact investing, generational differences, and balancing her family philanthropy with her Jewish Federation involvement.

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Dan Ariely: The Brain Science of Doing Good

Episode 18 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Israeli-American behavioral economist, Wall Street Journal columnist and best-selling author Dan Ariely is an advisor to Keshet, the new donor-advised fund JFN and its partners brought to Israel. In this episode, he talks to JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny about strategies for promoting positive social outcomes, including getting people to be more philanthropic. They also discuss uniquely Israeli approaches to problem-solving, how Dan's personal history shaped his career, and the cookbook he wants to write.

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Ilana Kaufman: Listening to Jews of Color

Episode 17 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Ilana Kaufman, executive director of the Jews of Color Initiative, and host Andrés Spokoiny discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, how Covid is impacting Jews of color, and how the Jewish community can do a better job of including and serving Jews of color. 

 

 

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Rabbi Shai Held: The Spiritual Transformation After the Plague

Episode 16 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Rabbi Shai Held, President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar.

 

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Lila Corwin Berman: How Political Is American Jewish Philanthropy?

Episode 15 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Professor Lila Corwin Berman, author of "The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex"

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