Books: Sounding a Call for Hope, Rebirth
FS: What can fundraisers learn from your extensive experience working with Jewish organizations? What advice would you impart to fundraisers?
EB: The initiatives I highlight in my book differ in many ways. But they share qualities that I believe are at the heart of their success. They engage instead of preach, inspiring young people to learn rather than telling them exactly what they must believe. They help Jews connect with and understand a deeply Jewish sense of responsibility for our fellow human beings in the world. They create diverse, pluralistic environments and encourage respect among all Jews.
In addition to supporting initiatives that support learning among our young people, I believe philanthropists must be educated themselves if they are to understand the importance of supporting education, or any philanthropic endeavor. Fundraisers can play an important role in better informing their donors. FS