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  • Forward 50 heavy on philanthropists and nonprofit leaders

    The Forward this morning released its latest Forward 50, its annual list of whom it deems are the 50 most influential American Jews. Check out the list here at The Forward. If you’re just looking for the names the philanthrophile might need to drop today, here they are: Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder who gave… More ▸

  • OU policy director calls Schusterman’s inclusion methods short-sighted

    Nathan Diament, the director of the Institute for Public Affairs of the Orthodox Union (the OU’s political action and lobbying arm), has responded to an Op-Ed that philanthropist Lynn Schusterman recently published on JTA calling for other funders to press the organized Jewish community to be more inclusive of gay Jews and other Jewish minorities by… More ▸

  • Repair the World Responds the Wertheimer’s criticism

    In the current issue of Commentary Magazine, Jewish sociologist Jack Wertheimer argues that Jewish philanthropists should focus on their own community rather than "invest even more funding and direct still more volunteers to nonsectarian causes. In doing so, he took a shot at Repair the World, the new initiative for which the Charles and Lynn… More ▸

  • Joshua Venture relaunches

    Joshua Venture, the incubator of innovative Jewish projects that helped found such organizations as JDub, Heeb, Sharsheret and Storahtelling, has been revived after a four-year hiatus. The incubator, which will now be known as The Joshua Venture Group, will recruit 8 fellows for its first two-year cohort. The fellows will receive two years of seed… More ▸

  • New Slingshot-style book highlights Jewish innovation in Europe

    A low-profile group of international foundations and philanthropists has published a Slingshot-type book to highlight innovative Jewish projects in Europe. The book, called Compass (available for download here), features profiles of 36 organizations in the former Soviet Union and Europe divided into three different focus areas: innovation, infrastructure, and culture & identity. The organizations were… More ▸

  • Adapting to the recession: The Birthright Israel Foundation

    In an effort to become a better resource to nonprofits, The Fundermentalist will keep a running update on what organizations are doing to adapt their fund-raising strategies in the recession. We are putting these strategies out there for you to consider for your own organization. And if your organization has tried something new or is… More ▸

  • Schusterman supported CLI to give $400,000 to young innovators through new ROI grants

    Young Jewish innovators will receive some $400,000 through two new grant programs. The Center for Leadership Initiatives, an operating foundation founded by Lynn Schusterman, has announced that it will give out grants to alumni of its ROI fellowship program, a leadership development program that it runs in Israel through the Center for Leadership Initiatives. The… More ▸

  • Sandy Cardin says foundations should stay socially responsible during downturn

    The head of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Sandy Cardin, preaches financial and social responsibility through these tough financial times in an Op-Ed for Ha’aretz. Most philanthropic foundations are invested in conservative stocks and have relatively safe portfolios, he says – because they have learned from past economic turbulence. It is now up… More ▸