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  • Report: American giving between 2001 and 2006 to Israeli organizations outpaced giving to general or

    American giving to Israeli organizations outpaced American giving to general philanthropies between the years 2001 and 2006, according to a Philadelphia-based Philanthropy consulting group, EHL Consulting. EHL studied the 990 forms of 80 “American friends of” organizations that collected money for Israeli groups and institutions over that period. The findings (contained in a set to… More ▸

  • Where’s the celeb love for Jewish charities?

    Since the New York Times Magazine ran Natalie Portman’s mug on the cover of its money issue in March, which featured a story about celebrity influence on giving, it seems that the charitable world has gone a bit TMZ. The phenomenon is legit enough that the Chronicle of Philanthropy held an interesting online panel discussion… More ▸

  • WSJ blog: Firm says giving by the rich should remain strong

    Giving by individuals who have more than $2 million invested in the stock market should remain strong and could increase in 2008, Crown Philanthropic Solutions told the Wall Street Journal blog The Wealth Report. William Hewitt, the firm’s national marketing chief, said that giving by the mass affluent – those with $100,000 or more invested… More ▸

  • As the Jewish population in Louisville disperses, Jewish infrastructure is suffering

    The Jewish community in Louisville, Ky., is struggling as population numbers decline and the Jewish community in Louisville becomes more dispersed, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The Jewish population there dropped from 8,700 to 8,307 between 1991 and 2006, which has put pressure on the Jewish infrastructure in the area. Louisville’s only non-Orthodox day school recently… More ▸

  • Jewish charities in Britain are less transparent than most

    The London Jewish Chronicle is reporting that Jewish charities are among the worst in Britain when it comes to being open and transparent. An independent charity watchdog, Intelligent Giving, studied the reporting of 500 English charities and gave each a percentage score based on a number of criteria. The 10 worst charities on the list… More ▸

  • Non-profit CEO salaries are up

    Despite all the talk that charities are in trouble because of the weakening economy and layoffs at non-profits, it does not yet appear that the people running those organizations are hurting. According to a study released Aug. 1 by, the CEOs of non-profits actually saw an increase in salaries last year. Overall, the average… More ▸

  • Some sexy swag at Heeb’s latest party

    The goody bag that Heeb gave out at the New York launch party for its summer issue. Contents include Michael Chabon’s “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union,” an issue of the Heeb swimsuit edition, a screening copy of Jakie Mason’s latest video, Bacon Salt, a “Loser” headband, breath mints, a couple of buttons, body wipes and a… More ▸

  • 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 ▸