Women in Jewish fundraising say harassment is pervasive

Debra Nussbaum Cohen, JTA, February 26, 2018

She was young, Jewish and the founder of a nonprofit organization that aids deprived children in Southeast Asia. He was a potential funder more than twice her age, promising donations and introductions to influential people.

“He dangled a lot of carrots,” she said in retrospect.

But the fundraiser, who spoke on condition she not be named for fear of jeopardizing future professional prospects, received no donations from the man who promised so much. Instead he stroked her thigh, propositioned her, belittled her and at their first and only meeting gave her gifts, like a bracelet, more appropriate for a mistress. 

This article on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the Jewish philanthropic and nonprofit world features efforts to combat this problem by JFN, as well as other efforts by numerous JFN members.

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