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  • Inside the Birthright matching grant

    There is an interesting subtext to the Birthright matching grant program we mentioned last week. The came out of a late January summit of 49 major donors held by the foundation in Las Vegas and hosted by Adelson, though he was not in attendance. Of the 49, only three of the 15 original private funders… More ▸

  • Birthright foundation announces matching grants program

    The Birthright Israel Foundation on Thursday announced a new matching grant program for 2010. The program will give a dollar-for-dollar match on any increase in donations to the foundation based on 2008 gifts. That means if a donor gave $100 in 2008, and  gives $120 in 2010, the $20 increase would be matched by the… More ▸

  • L.A. federation and Adelson’s Birthright match

    The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles took advantage of Sheldon Adelson’s matching grant program, which expires at midnight on New Year’s Eve, to help shorten the waiting list for prospective Birthright Israel participants in the Los Angeles area. The Adelson Family Foundation has been offering a two-to-one matching grant for any new money given to… More ▸

  • Sitting down with Sheldon Adelson

    After several years of writing about Sheldon Adelson from afar, I finally got the chance to sit face to face with the casino mogul for a wide-ranging interview Sunday at his suite at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan. Adelson, who was in town to be honored by the Zionist Organization of America, has become… More ▸

  • Keeping up with the Adelsons

    The Shelden Adelson schadenfreude continues, as the blogging world has picked up on two Adelson stories this week that both speak to his tremendous economic downfall. First, it appears that Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands group is trying to sell its casino in Maccau, China, according to Marketwatch. The building of that $260 million casino, which… More ▸

  • Birthright announces matching grant from Adelson

    Following much speculation about whether Sheldon Adelson will make good on tens of millions of dollars in pledges he made to Birthright Israel for 2009 and 2010, the Birthright Israel foundation officially announces his $20 million matching grant for 2009 and maintains that it will still send around 10,000 kids to Israel for free this… More ▸

  • Birthright tries to fix its Adelson ‘problem’

    Birthright Israel is faced with an interesting fund-raising conundrum: How does an organization known for relying on mega-donors convince grass-roots donors that it now needs their money? The program, which sends Jews aged 18 to 26 on free 10-day trips to Israel, has become widely regarded as arguably the most successful Jewish identity-forming initiative launched… More ▸