Fundraising

  • YU takes aim at a recession-proof billion dollar campaign

    My colleague Ben Harris has an interesting profile on Yeshiva University President Richard Joel. Under Joel, who came to Y.U. in 2003 after serving as the president of Hillel for 14 years, the university’s fund raising has absolutely skyrocketed. Its budget has tripled since 2006, including a $100 million gift from fertilizer magnate Ronald Stanton,… More ▸

  • Falling dollar woes strike religious institutions in Israel

    According to the Jerusalem Post story, a new report says that the falling dollar has cost religious institutions in Israel some 350 million shekels. (Or what used to be $90 million but is now more than $100 million.) From the story: The survey is based on data from more than 80 haredi charity organizations such… More ▸

  • Do non-profits pay too much to outside fund-raisers?

    The Los Angeles Times took a look at how much non-profits pay for-profit outside fund-raisers – and found that the non-profits take home on average less than half of what the fund-raisers collect. The investigation looked only at non-profits in California that had hired outside firms and non-profits with national campaigns that raised money in… More ▸

  • Hebrew U. tabs Gates for first Einstein Award

    The American Friends of Hebrew University will give Bill Gates its first ever Einstein Award. Gates, the Microsoft founder who recently left his job to work full time at his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will receive the award at a gala dinner in New York in December. Proceeds from the dinner will help to… More ▸

  • Do Jewish nonprofits have it tougher?

    The New York Jewish Week reports this week that the editor in chief of the Chronicle of Philanthropy thinks Jewish nonprofits might have a tougher time than others as the economy weakens, primarily because they are smaller than others. The Jewish Week asks: Is what’s happening among Jewish nonprofits mirroring the situation in the philanthropy… More ▸

  • GivingUSA report: Dollars were up, but the future could be bleak

    While Americans gave more than $9 billion more in charity in 2007 than they did in 2006, according to the annual GivingUSA report, published Monday, the news is not rosy. Americans gave some $306.4 billion in charity in 2007, according to the report, which is prepared annually by the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. That… More ▸

  • Could the appearance of financial trouble be good for fund raising?

    The head of the Jewish Funders Network, Mark Charendoff, thinks that it might be. Charendoff recently told the Fundermentalist that he has seen a slew of mailings from organizations, especially Israeli not-for-profits, claiming financial hardships now, given the failing dollar and the tanking U.S. economy. “We are definitely seeing it, and the question is whether… More ▸