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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Felicia Herman: From Jewish History to Jewish Philanthropy

Episode 28 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

In Episode 28 of "What Gives?", the Jewish philanthropy podcast, Maimonides Fund COO and Sapir Managing Editor Felicia Herman talks about "geeking out" in Jewish historical archives, the value of Jewish giving circles, the impact of the pandemic on Jewish giving and more.

 

 

 

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Danny Hakim: Sports and Social Change

Episode 27 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

In Episode 27 of "What Gives?", Danny Hakim of the Azrieli Foundation talks about the power of sports to solve social problems and bring disparate groups together. The founder of Budo for Peace (now called One Team – Sports for Social Change), Danny recently launched the Sports for Peace Coalition, a growing movement of sports for peace stakeholders in Israel.

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Fay Twersky: Philanthropy That Listens and Responds

Episode 26 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

In episode 26 of Jewish Funders Network's "What Gives?" philanthropy podcast, Fay Twersky, the President and Director of the Atlanta-based Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation (and former vice president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation) talks with JFN President and CEO Andres Spokoiny about everything from the critical role philanthropy played in the LGBTQ rights movement to participatory grantmaking, to strengthening grantmaker-grantseeker relationships.

 

 

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Georgette Bennett: Bringing Together Jews and Muslims to Help Refugees

Episode 25 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny talks to former JFN Board Chair Georgette Bennett talks about her new book, "Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By," about growing up the child of Jewish refugees, and how to forge multifaith coalitions.

 

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Eytan Stibbe: Israeli Astronaut and Philanthropist

Episode 24 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny talks to renowned Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe about his philanthropy, impact investing, and how his friend Ilan Ramon inspired him to travel to outer space.

 

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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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