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  • Pinksy plays piano pitches Jewish nonprofit

    This might be the best pitch for a philanthropy during hard times I have seen. figured out the formula: One National Poet Laureate, one Casio keyboard, a silly song and an honest pitch for money. Now if we could only get Robert Pinsky to play the bongos for JTA. Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style… More ▸

  • How did your organization weigh in on Mumbai?

    This week I have a story about Chabad’s efforts to transform the recent Mumbai attacks into an opportunity to spread its message, along with a sidebar about some Lubavitchers being rankled by similar efforts launched by the Israeli orphanage run by an uncle of one of the victims. Of course, in general, it’s become a ritual… More ▸

  • Fundermentalist on the loose in Israel

    I’ll be in Israel for the next week and a half blogging from three major federation-related conferences: The Lion of Judah Conference of the UJC’s National Women’s Philanthropy in Tel Aviv from Nov.12-16, the UJC’s system wide General Assembly in Jerusalem Nov. 16-19, and the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors meetings Nov. 19-20. If I… More ▸

  • Weinberg Foundation puts temporary halt on accepting requests for grants

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  • Bad financial times could lead to charitable consolidation

    The second annual Limmud FSU in this seaside tourist town attracted several Jewish philanthropists with deep pockets. But every day that the Dow drops, pockets around the world get a bit shallower. This point was not lost on the donors here at Limmud. "When the stock market’s down 40 percent and portfolios are giving away… More ▸

  • UJA raises $43 million at Greenberg dinner

    The UJA-Federation of New York was able to raise $43 million at its annual Greenberg dinner on Thursday Sept. 25 – an increase of $2 million over last year. That the UJA was able to actually increase its total should probably not be taken as a sign that the philanthropy world is surviving the financial… More ▸

  • UJA-Federation of New York braces for tough times

    The UJA Federation of New York is expecting a difficult year, the organization’s executive vice president and CEO, told me. “We are going to have a challenging year,” John Ruskay told the Fundermentalist in a brief telephone interview Wednesday afternoon, “but we remain confident that our donors will understand, as they have in the past… More ▸