• Jerusalem is Israel’s poorest city

    Several days before Israel celebrates its capital city on Jerusalem Day, Haaretz reports that the city is the poorest in Israel. From Haaretz: A report by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel cites severe discrimination and neglect in East Jerusalem, which is home to more than 300,000 Palestinians. In all, nearly two-thirds of Palestinian… More ▸

  • Canadian Jewish groups help pass anti-poverty reform

    Jewish groups in Ontario helped enact an anti poverty law in the province, according to the Canadian Jewish News: Jewish groups and other social advocacy organizations are taking credit for helping to make the Ontario government’s Bill 152 — the Poverty Reduction Act — more responsive to community concerns. Specifically, they say that for the… More ▸

  • Soros pledges $50 million to help fight N.Y. poverty

    The annual spring gala of the Robin Hood Foundation was a bit less lustrous than it has been in recent years — and it brought in 21 percent less this year than it did in 2008. But George Soros made a big splash by pledging a $50 million challenge grant to help fight poverty in… More ▸

  • Benny Landa goes bearish on Israel’s future

    You think Israel’s economy is on the rise? That the Israeli third sector is growing fast enough to make American philanthropic dollars less necessary? That Israel is on the cusp of being an international financial power? Think again, Benny Landa told the Fundermentalist. Landa sold his Israeli-based company Indigo – which revolutionized digital color printing… More ▸

  • JDC laying off 60 people, cutting aid programs

    Before it was buzz, now it’s official: The JDC is letting about 60 people go and looking to eliminate some programs. Here’s the first few graffs: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is cutting programming and is laying off 60 staffers in its overseas and New York offices, its executive vice president told JTA. The… More ▸

  • BusinessWeek: Hard times ahead for philanthropy

    As part of its look at the budding American recession, BusinessWeek runs an article painting a dreary immediate future for the charitable world, as non-profits face budget shortages and corporate philanthropy faces shrinking profit margins. The story quotes Fundermentalist favorite Richard Marker: The pain is likely to be visited first, and most harshly, on organizations… More ▸