Jewish Funders Network

  • Charendoff calls for change in philanthropic giving

    Speaking at a lunch meeting Monday at his organization’s annual conference, the president of the Jewish Funders Network, Mark Charendoff, called for a change in the way the community gives money. Charendoff, adressing about 220 members of the organization — all of whom give at least $25,000 per year to Jewish philanthropy — said that… More ▸

  • At the JFN: How not to give

    I’m sitting in a panel now that gets to the heart of the philanthropic times: “Growing demands, less capital: the funder’s dilemma." Steven Cohen is moderating the discussion between philanthropists Alisa Doctoroff of the Doctoroff Family Foundation, Benny Levin of Israel Venture Network and Katharina Rosqueta, the executive director of The Center of High Impact… More ▸

  • At the JFN: A call for sustainable programs

    I’m here at the Jewish Funders Network Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the next couple of days. The conference this year is focused on innovation — social entrepreneurs and the like. It almost in a sense feels like one big dare to the funders here to fund outside-of-the-box projects. One could question whether that… More ▸

  • Foundation and cartoonist throw down the gauntlet before funders’ parley

    I’m heading down to St. Petersburg, Florida, during the wee hours of Sunday morning for the annual conference of the Jewish Funders Network, a gathering that brings together philanthropists and foundations. A couple of things are sure to be hot topics while I’m down there. First, Eli Valley’s latest cartoon in the Forward: “Social Entrepreneurs… More ▸

  • The Jewish Funders Network hopes to pump $2.5 million into Israel PR

    The Jewish Funders Network has announced that it has started a matching grant program to fund pro-Israel organizations: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Judy Mann 212-726-0177, ext. 204 The Jewish Funders Network has launched a new matching grant opportunity: Pro-Active, Pro-Israel: The JFN Matching Grant Initiative for Strengthening Israel ‘s Image. This new matching grant program,… 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 ▸

  • Condensing the alphabet soup

    The Boston Foundation released a report today stating that non-profits employ some 14 percent of the workforce in Massachusetts. In light of challenging economic times, the Boston Globe reports, some foundation officials are quietly suggesting that non-profits with similar missions merge, pool resources and cut overhead. The Fundermentalist is wondering which Jewish organizations you would… More ▸

  • Philanthropists go J-Date

    Fluer Hassan-Nahoum walks over to me, beaming. Someone just made her a shidduch… philanthropically at least. The JFN held “Speed Philanthropy,” its take on speed dating, Wednesday morning, setting up philanthropists on a series of mini-speed-info-dates with each other. The 100 or so funders and professionals who participated were asked to pair up and sit… More ▸