Faith Based/Religion/Churches

All for One
October 1, 2009

In the late 1980s, United Jewish Communities/The Jewish Federations of North America had more than 800,000 donors. By 2009, that number had dwindled to fewer than 500,000. A steady, 20-year decline in donor numbers is a sure indication that something is wrong — something much deeper and long-term than the down economy that has been decimating donor bases across the nonprofit sector since last year.

Amergent Wins Gold for Creative Excellence
September 30, 2009

Peabody, MA, September 30, 2009 — Amergent, a full-service agency in direct response fundraising services and database management solutions, is pleased to announce that the firm’s work received two gold awards in the fourth annual National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) Lumen Awards.

Jewish Groups Facing Change
September 21, 2009

September 20, 2009, The Boston Globe — Since she was a child, Lauren Cherkas couldn’t wait to get to Temple Tifereth Israel.

Philanthropic World Laments Fiscal Woes
September 18, 2009

September 17, 2009, Jewish Telegraphic Agency — As they prepare to offer loved ones Rosh Hashanah greetings and wishes, many people in the Jewish nonprofit world would probably like to wish away 5769.

Obama Cautious on Faith-Based Initiatives
September 15, 2009

September 15, 2009, The Washington Post — Candidate Barack Obama drew little attention during last year's presidential campaign when he ventured into the thorny territory of church and state.

The Power of the Circle: The Next Phase in Jewish Philanthropy
August 28, 2009

August 25, 2009, The Jewish Week — Rochelle Kleter never pictured herself as a philanthropist. The first-generation American, born to parents who grew up in the Ukraine, had a hard time finding her place in the Jewish community. “I was one of the only Jewish kids in the public school system” in East Hanover, N.J., she said. “I didn’t know what it meant to keep kosher for Passover. And when I took Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur off as personal days, I was made fun of.”

UJC’s New Leaders Saying Little About Their Plans
August 6, 2009

August 5, 2009, The Jewish Daily Forward — Expectations are running high for Jerry Silverman, incoming president and CEO of United Jewish Communities, and for the troubled organization’s incoming board chair, Kathy Manning.

Despite a Decade of Controversy, the ‘Faith-Based Initiative’ Endures
August 3, 2009

July 31, 2009, The New York Times — Ten years ago this month, in a campaign speech in Indianapolis, George W. Bush promised to direct $8 billion in federal financing to “armies of compassion” that he believed could combat social ills in ways that government programs could not.