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  • Nevzlin’s statement against Museum violence smacks of irony

    I just received this in my inbox. Not sure how to address it, but it registers high on my irony meter: Statement by Leonid Nevzlin, Chairman, International Board of Governors, Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel   "Yesterday’s shooting at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a terrible reminder that… More ▸

  • Jewish Teen Funders Network and B’nai Tzedek youth philanthropy to merge

    The two largest Jewish teen philanthropy groups are merging. The Jewish Teen Funders Network, run by the Jewish Funders Network, and the B’nai Tzedek teen philanthropy group, which was run by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, are joining forces, according to a press release from the organizations. Here is the release: [[READMORE]] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JEWISH… More ▸

  • Messinger speech re-opens debate: Should we spend money on Jews or on helping others?

    The president of the American Jewish World Service, Ruth Messinger, reopened a longstanding debate when she spoke at the ordination ceremony at the Conservative Movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary in New York last month. Messinger, the onetime New York mayoral candidate and longtime social advocate, has steered the AJWS into the lead on the international Save… More ▸

  • CEO of Denver Jewish federation weighs in on Obama’s charitable tax plan

    The Denver Post spoke with several nonprofit officials in Colorado, including the CEO of the Allied Jewish Federation in Denver, Doug Sesserman, about President Obama’s plan to reduce the tax incentive that those making over $250,000 per year get for making charitable donations. The President’s plan, which would lower the tax deduction from around 33… More ▸

  • Before you give, ask this

    CNN suggests that you ask these simple questions of a charity before you give it money (and I’m guessing if you are a charity, you better be able to answer them as well). More ▸

  • Goldman environmental awards announced

    The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation announced the seven winners of their annual Goldman Prizes this week. The $150,000 grants are for international greassroots environmental projects.Here’s the release: [[READMORE]] Seven Grassroots Leaders Win World-Renowned Goldman Environmental Prize Appalachian woman standing up to big coal’s destructive mountain-top removal mining is among the recipients of world’s largest… More ▸

  • Ackman: philanthropy is a good investment now

    Jeffrey Goldberg tells the tale in this month’s Atlantic of how he came to fire his investment broker. The short of it, Goldberg finds out after dealing with Merrill Lynch, taking a bath with them and then not hearing for his broker for 9 months and then after consulting with some of the world’s best… More ▸

  • President’s shoutout to Jewish giver takes us into the Abess

    In case you missed it, the President gave a shoutout to a Jewish philanthropist last night during his address to the Joint Session of Congress, when he said he was inspired by Leonard Abess, who recently gave his $60 million bonus to his employees. From our president: I know that it is easy to lose… More ▸