The President's Desk: Andrés Spokoiny

Andrés Spokoiny is President & CEO of Jewish Funders Network. Full bio >>

Local and National Funders: The Launch of A Conversation

I’m happy to introduce a series of articles about interactions between local and national funders. This series continues a conversation that started at the Jewish Funders Network International Conference held in Los Angeles in March 2013. A panel of philanthropic leaders discussed issues and problems that arise when local and national funders don’t act in a coordinated way.

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Thoughts on "Connected to Give: Key Findings from the National Study of American Jewish Giving"

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For centuries, doctors had all sorts of assumptions about human anatomy. For example, it was believed that men had fewer ribs than women, or that women had fewer teeth than men. Until the 16th century, doctors followed to the letter Galen’s description of the heart, including a fictitious set of holes that supposedly connected the two ventricles.

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Rosh Hashanah, The Art of Embracing Uncertainty

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Engaging Jewish Next-Gen Donors

Foundations and organizations must not treat Jewish next-gen donors as if they are the same as their parents and grandparents.

Philanthropy News Digest.

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Adopting a Collaborative Leadership Paradigm

The problem is that the Jewish Community hasn’t yet fully internalized the need for a new leadership paradigm that places networking and collaboration at its center

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The Love Story Between a People and a Book

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Engineered Serendipity: Creating Space for Innovation and Risk-Taking

We sometimes pay lip service to failure but our actual tolerance for risk and failure in the Jewish community is limited. We don’t support those that fail, we don’t circulate the learnings that stem from failure, and we don’t reward risk-taking.

Cross-posted at eJewish Philanthropy and at Jewish Journal.

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Ten Commandments Of Smart Philanthropy

A new Decalogue of effective Jewish philanthropy.

The New York Jewish Week.

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Building a Better Philanthropist

Cross-posted at eJewish Philanthropy.

In the last couple of decades, a tectonic shift has altered the landscape of Jewish philanthropy. The phenomenon is not only Jewish – the number of foundations in the United States has grown fivefold in the last 20 years; the same growth in donor-advised funds has taken just a decade.

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After Newtown

What can we do as philanthropists amid the horror of this recent tragedy? Can any parent be relieved? Can any mourner be comforted? Watching the news this week, I’ve wondered why pain isn't a zero sum game. Why can’t we spread sadness thin by sharing it until we make it disappear? Why is it that even though we all share the grief, it doesn’t diminish?

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