No matter what cause you raise money for, you know what the across-the-board challenges are. The economic downturn. More and more competition for donor dollars. Rising mail costs. The delicate balance between old and new strategies. Figuring out how much people power to devote to things that might raise some money in the future but aren't bringing in the bucks just yet. Finding, training and keeping good fundraisers. Etc., etc., etc.
November 17, 2009, The Jewish Week — One of the fascinating dynamics in American Jewish life today involves the complex and evolving relationship among three key groups: the Establishment organizations, symbolized by the federations, the primary engine that drives the organized Jewish community; the family foundations, which have generated great sums of philanthropic money in recent years; and the hundreds of emerging start-ups, or small, independent and youth-driven nonprofit ventures that have become increasingly popular in the last decade, especially among Generations X and Y.
November 13, 2009, JTA Wire Service — This list is by no means an exact science. Those who we considered Jewish were of Jewish descent or openly identified as Jews, either personally or in their giving.
November 11, 2009 — A brand launch is a special moment in an organization’s public life and one that affords it the opportunity to greet both loyal and potential supporters with a fresh image and message that, if effective, will lay the foundation for building strong relationships between these valued supporters and the organization.
November 4, 2009 — Despite notable gains for women in the past year, a Forward survey of 75 major American Jewish communal organizations found that fewer than one in six are run by women, and those women are paid 61 cents to every dollar earned by male leaders.
October 22, 2009, The Jerusalem Post — For those of us working with Jewish and Israel-based nonprofits these days, we sometimes lose perspective. We are often tempted to convey provocative or inadvertently misleading approaches, prompted lately because of the shifts we are confronting as a result of the global economy; this impacts charitable giving and organizations dependent on philanthropic support.
San Francisco, October 2009 — The 2009 GreatNonprofits Jewish Choice Awards will recognize the top-rated Jewish nonprofits. In the month of October, the small, medium, and large organizations with the most positive reviews will be featured on GreatNonprofits and Guidestar, the premier site for philanthropic research on the Web.
October 18, 2009, JewishPhilanthropy.com — The past year’s financial crisis calls for a reevaluation of how we fund our organizations. In the face of a reality where reputable Jewish foundations and endowments have lost hundreds of millions of dollars, we have been reintroduced to the notion that the collective power of individuals has the potential to sustain our community’s needs.
October 9, 2009, The New York Times — In an effort to establish a clearer identity, the United Jewish Communities renamed itself the Jewish Federations of North America and adopted a new logo that it hopes will be used by the network of more than 500 Jewish organizations under its umbrella.