Next week this blog will proudly host an interview with Mark Charendoff, President of the Jewish Funders Network.
In the meantime, I want to present you with the questions I asked (plus one more) and see what you think. What is the future of Jewish philanthropy? How can we get more people involved and why should it matter?
Six Questions on the Future of Jewish Philanthropy
1. Giving Jewishly–
We know that on average, Jewish philanthropies give a small percentage of their money to Jewish causes. How should we be defining who is a Jewish philanthropist?
Are there key values that every philanthropist, as a Jew, should hold dear? What are the implications of the growing trend away from Jewish communal giving? How can Jewish organizations adapt and evolve to combat this trend?
2. Jewish Youth Philanthropy–
What can the Jewish community as a whole and Jewish organizations in particular do to spark the interest and investment of young Jewish philanthropists?
Are there ways in which philanthropies can or should be changing their thinking to become more appealing to young donors? How can the Jewish community help younger Jews become stakeholders in the Jewish community, and through that, Jewish philanthropy?
Photo by Griraffes
3. Social Innovation: Jewish Philanthropy’s Power to Transform–
Mr. Charendoff wrote: “Some of the most innovative projects in today’s Jewish communities came about because an independent funder or group of funders took a risk on a longshot.”
What are the transformative ideas in the Jewish community right now that would benefit from high risk investment? What trends in the Jewish community should leaders and Jewish philanthropists be paying attention to?
What roles do social innovation contests (like Charles Bronfman’s and Ronny Maiman’s) play in the current philanthropy arena as a way to advance Jewish communal innovation?
4. Investing in Israel’s Top 15 Vision: Changing the Paradigm of Jewish Giving to Israel–
What can Jewish philanthropists do to help forward Israel’s Top 15 Vision of becoming one of the most developed countries in the world in the next 15 years?
What are the best ways for Jews abroad to invest in Israel and to promote and help support it socioeconomically, technologically, economically, and environmentally? What should be avoided? In short, how can we change the paradigm of supporting Israel in the Jewish community?
5. The Frontier of Jewish Philanthropy: What the Future Holds–
What can we expect to see in the next two to five years from the field of Jewish philanthropy? What should we be striving to create? Who is on the frontier of change that we should be paying attention to?
What will Birthright’s long-term impact and lessons be for Jewish communal organizations? What can Jewish organizations do to make themselves 21st century ready in terms of the needs of the Jewish community?
Photo by Lee Jordan
6. Giving Voice to the Minority–
Mr. Charendoff was quoted asking, “When did unpopular ideas lose currency in the Jewish community?” Are there ideas that fall into this category that you think we should be paying more attention to?
If you like these questions, you might also enjoy:
And to help get the crystal ball rolling:
- Sean Stannard-Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy has a great list of philanthropy predictions for 2008
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