Weekend Reading

National Study on Jewish Teens to Explore How Programs are Helping them “Flourish in Today’s World” | eJewish Philanthropy 

A new national project will explore the learning and growth outcomes of teen experiences offered by the largest organizations that engage Jewish teens in North America. The study, led by The Jewish Education Project and Rosov Consulting, will seek to gather data from as many as 50,000 7th-12th graders across North America.

Genesis Prize Award Money Starts Flowing to Refugee Causes | eJewish Philanthropy 

[JFN member] The Genesis Prize Foundation (GPF) announced a six-figure grant to Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel, to fund the treatment of hearing loss among Syrian children brought from conflict areas to Israel for diagnostic examination, clinical treatments, surgery and rehabilitation.

On College Campuses, The Intermarriage Debate Is Already Over | Aaron Lerner, Forward 

How do we build inclusive community? A recently awarded Intermarried Families Grant from the Jewish Funders Network helped us train nearly 100 student leaders to embrace students from intermarried backgrounds. Our goal is to make sure that students from interfaith households know that we care about them, we want to get to know them, and we want them to be part of Jewish life on campus.

Survey says: Finances Seen as Biggest Problem in Modern Orthodox Community | eJewish Philanthropy 

According to a just released, first-of-its-kind, survey of the American Modern Orthodox community, finances are seen as the biggest problem facing the community today. By a wide margin, the cost of Jewish schooling ranks as the #1 problem. Also among the top 10 are the cost of maintaining a Jewish home and the Shidduch process. Additionally, 53% of respondents believe that women in their Orthodox community should have the opportunity for expanded roles in the clergy.

It’s a one-two punch for the Maryland rabbi who relocated to the Caribbean | John Kelly, The Washington Post 

The rabbi posted on Facebook a list of items the islanders are in need of, including such things as Neosporin, plastic garbage bags, dehumidifiers and generators.

The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute: Illuminating the Power of the Emerging Entrepreneurial Philanthropy | eJewish Philanthropy 

The principles guiding many leading 21st-century philanthropists now draw heavily from the principles of entrepreneurship.

 A Cash Guarantee for All Has Philanthropy Buzzing | Benjamin Soskis, The Chronicle of Philanthropy 

For philanthropy, universal basic income sits at the intersection of contending impulses and approaches: between radical visions and practical calculations, between ambition and restraint. That ground is an exciting place for philanthropists to stake out territory. But it is also one full of pitfalls and challenges.

Racial Discrimination Tops List of Causes Millennials Care Most About, Study Finds | Megan O’Neil, The Chronicle of Philanthropy 

Millennials identified civil rights and racial discrimination as the foremost social issue of concern. Two causes tied as the second-ranking concern: improving health care and the joint category of employment and job creation. Next was climate change.

Giving Could Plunge $13 Billion Under Tax Plan, Nonprofit Leader Says | Megan O’Neil & Alex Daniels, The Chronicle of Philanthropy 

"The charitable deduction is literally a lifeline for the millions of Americans and people around the world who are depending upon charities to live," said William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy at the Jewish Federations of America. "We see that clearly with the hurricanes we have been dealing with over the last couple of months and the key role charities play in that."...

“Doubling the standard deduction and keeping the charitable deduction in its current form would lead to a $13 billion reduction in giving each year,” Dan Cardinali, CEO of Independent Sector, said in a statement. “This loss does not include the additional sharp decrease in giving that will result from the proposed repeal of the estate tax.”

Why art collector Aggie Gund is spending $100 million to combat mass incarceration | Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post 

Agnes “Aggie” Gund is known around the world for her philanthropy and her art collection. In June, the president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art stunned the art world when she sold “Masterpiece,” a 1962 painting by Roy Lichtenstein she owned for decades... But Gund stunned the social-justice world when she announced that $100 million of the $150 million proceeds would be used to start the Art for Justice Fund. Gund’s goal is to end mass incarceration...

Sustainable Investments Are Not Always What They Seem | Heather Grady, SSIR 

Investors need to better educate themselves about the local context in which their funds are deployed.

Should You Agitate, Innovate, or Orchestrate? | Julie Battilana & Marissa Kimsey, SSIR 

A framework for understanding the roles you can play in a movement for social change.

Capital for Creativity | Laura Callanan, SSIR 

Impact investors have ignored the arts and culture sector, at the expense of the communities they seek to help.

In Defense of Perpetuity | Phila Buchanan, SSIR 

Limited-life foundations are currently all the rage, but [Joel] Fleishman’s book reminds us that perpetual, endowed foundations are in many cases preferable.

73% of Donors Worldwide Are Women, and Most Like to Give Online, Study Says | Maria Di Mento, The Chronicle of Philanthropy 

Seventy-three percent of charitable donors in the word are women age 37 or older, and nearly 60 percent of them prefer to give online. Ninety-three percent of them live in primarily wealthy, developed countries.

Hurricane Hacker Hero | Michael Solomon, 10x Management

When Hurricane Harvey struck, Greg Sadetsky—author of JFN and 10x's Technology Project Management Best Practices for Jewish Funders & Nonprofits—realized that his technical skills and experience with mapping software put him in a unique position to be able to help.

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Gemar chatimah tovah, Shabbat shalom, and have a great weekend.