New Report on Israel's Post-Covid Social Landscape

In the aftermath of the corona crisis, what forces and trends are shaping the new social landscape in Israel? Which global processes has the crisis accelerated, and how might these affect the social fields in Israel where philanthropy plays a role? What are the long-term changes we can expect?

These large and ongoing questions continue to accompany day-to-day philanthropic work and influence our ability to make decisions about both the “here and now” and the long-term.

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Grantees and Their Funders

We are proud to share “Grantees and Their Funders,” an important new report by Professor Jack Wertheimer that is guiding JFN in our efforts to further strengthen the relationship between Jewish philanthropists and the Jewish nonprofit sector.

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Audio: Women in Israel During COVID-19

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Audio: Asylum Seekers in Israel During COVID-19

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Coronavirus Resource Page

The Coronavirus Resource Page has moved. Please visit the new version of this page here.

In this unprecedented crisis, JFN is committed to be a resource for funders and for the entire community. It is critical that we know what our fellow funders are doing and that we try, as much as possible, to coordinate responses so as to have a greater impact on the ground. In these times of quarantines and social-distancing, we can’t afford to be isolated from our partners.

To that end, we are asking JFN members to answer this very short survey about your work and COVID-19.

Our goal is to collect information and share themes, determine gaps in resources, identify where we can be helpful, and point you to resources that already exist. Ultimately, we seek to map the philanthropic response and make sure that needs are being addressed.

Please fill out this survey at your earliest convenience.

Last updated: March 23, 2020

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Philanthropy and Peoplehood


In 2012 the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education published Peoplehood Papers 7 on "Reinvigorating Jewish Peoplehood – the Philanthropic Perspective." In 2020, they decided, together with Taube Philanthropies and Jewish Funders Network, that it would be worth turning the topic on its head and dedicating an issue to "Reinvigorating Jewish Philanthropy – the Peoplehood Perspective," to explore the impact of the growing awareness to Peoplehood and its challenges on Jewish Philanthropy.

Download the full PDF, which includes essays by numerous members of the JFN family. Continue below for JFN President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny's essay. Or read it on eJewish Philanthropy.

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Change Agents: The Goals and Impact of Women's Foundations and Funds

By Women's Philanthropy Institute 

Women’s foundations and funds are a diverse and dynamic group of organizations with a history of leading philanthropy dedicated to women and girls.

Change Agents: The Goals and Impact of Women’s Foundations and Funds builds on the Women's Philanthropy Institute's previous research, including the recent Women & Girls Index report, to better understand how these organizations set goals, measure impact, and take action to advance women.

The study highlights ways that women’s foundations and funds provide a model for how philanthropic groups create social change, particularly within their local communities.

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The Women & Girls Index: Measuring Giving To Women's And Girls’ Causes

By Women's Philanthropy Institute 

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute today, October 3, 2019, released the Women & Girls Index: Measuring Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes, which, for the first time, quantifies the number of charities in the United States dedicated to women and girls and the
amount of charitable giving they receive.

The report finds these organizations received a collective total of $6.3 billion in charitable contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations in 2016 — 1.6% of all donations made that year.

The index identifies 45,000 U.S. charities that are dedicated to serving primarily women and girls or are collectives of women and girls that serve general philanthropic purposes. While most previous research has focused on donors to women’s and girls’ causes, the new report focuses on the recipient side of the equation, filling a gap in knowledge about the organizations themselves.

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Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits

By Ellie Buteau, Hannah Martin, and Charis Loh, The Center for Effective Philanthropy

The biggest source of philanthropic support for nonprofits in the United States is giving from individual donors. Of the $428 billion in total charitable giving in 2018, individual donors contributed 68 percent. However, the recent decline in giving among small- and medium-gift givers means that major donors are becoming increasingly important to nonprofits. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) surveyed its Grantee Voice panel of more than 600 nonprofit leaders across the country to learn what support nonprofits receive from major donors, what major donors can do to support nonprofits better, and how nonprofits’ relationships with major donors differ from their relationships with staffed foundations.

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Social Compact In A Changing World: How Philanthropies are Grappling with Growing Scrutiny and Critique

Throughout Europe and the U.S., many are pushing back on what they perceive as an inappropriate influence on public policy by private funders and questioning the power dynamic that enables wealthy private funders to impose their solutions to social and environmental problems without being required to involve the affected communities. Even the pundit world reveals this critique, with the subtitles of recent books speaking volumes: The Elite Charade of Changing the World of Anand Giridharadas’ Winners Take All, and Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better of Rob Reich’s Just Giving.

Globally, the rise of populism, discontent, and illiberal tendencies have led to accusations that philanthropy is being used as a tool to further a political agenda or consolidate power. Moreover, foundations that engage with socially and politically sensitive issues often find themselves targets of campaigns to delegitimize their work, philanthropic intent, and funding sources.

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