Downsides: A Couple’s Support for Anti-Vaxxers Exposes a Dangerous Flaw of Philanthropy

Downsides: A Couple’s Support for Anti-Vaxxers Exposes a Dangerous Flaw of Philanthropy

Revelations that hedge fund manager Bernard Selz and his wife Lisa have given more than $3 million to anti-vaccination causes underscores the lack of guardrails to stop donors from doing real harm—and at taxpayer expense.

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A Record Gift to Help Navigate an "Unprecedented Crossroads of Jewish History"

A Record Gift to Help Navigate an "Unprecedented Crossroads of Jewish History"

American Judaism is going through turbulent times, buffeted by generational change and other trends. Which is why two top Jewish foundations are pledging $20 million to scale up an organization known for engaging “hard questions.”

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With Ties to a Top Donor and a Trail of Gifts, the Epstein Scandal Reaches Into Jewish Philanthropy

With Ties to a Top Donor and a Trail of Gifts, the Epstein Scandal Reaches Into Jewish Philanthropy

Jeffrey Epstein not only made gifts to a wide range of Jewish organizations, he cultivated a deep relationship with one of the most important Jewish philanthropists in the U.S., billionaire Leslie Wexner—revelations that raise troubling questions.

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Harold Grinspoon: A Hands-on Philanthropist Still Going Strong at Age 90

Harold Grinspoon: A Hands-on Philanthropist Still Going Strong at Age 90

This Giving Pledge member turned to large-scale giving after a bout with cancer and built a foundation that taps a real estate fortune and is focused on Jewish life, scaling up its own programs in addition to making grants.

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Inside the Helen Diller Family Foundation, Where an Heir to a Real Estate Empire Oversees Major Giving

Inside the Helen Diller Family Foundation, Where an Heir to a Real Estate Empire Oversees Major Giving

Jackie Safier leads a Bay Area foundation that’s now made over a billion dollars in grants. In a rare interview, the press-shy CEO talks about her goals and how she’s steered away from political controversy involving Israel and the far right.

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A Coveted Cash Prize for Jewish Teenage Leaders Offers a “Vote of Confidence" and More

A Coveted Cash Prize for Jewish Teenage Leaders Offers a “Vote of Confidence" and More

With unrestricted individual awards of $36,000, the Helen Diller Foundation is providing a major boost to (very) young Jewish social entrepreneurs. Who’s winning these highly competitive grants? And what’s the impact?

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“A Serious Honor.” How a New Fellowship for Jewish Arts and Culture is Playing Out

“A Serious Honor.” How a New Fellowship for Jewish Arts and Culture is Playing Out

The Farash Fellowship made its debut last year, offering serious cash and underwritten by a relatively young foundation with sizable assets and a major focus on Jewish causes. Who are the winners so far and what’s been the impact?

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After Shifting its Strategy, a Foundation Gets Behind Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs

After Shifting its Strategy, a Foundation Gets Behind Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs

Faced with tepid growth, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York—a funding intermediary—decided to switch things up to focus on backing dynamic and emerging nonprofit leaders. Its new initiative, The Collective, just made a first round of grants

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Turnaround Job: A New Leader Looks to Revive the Flagging Fortunes of a Key Jewish Organization

Turnaround Job: A New Leader Looks to Revive the Flagging Fortunes of a Key Jewish Organization

Jewish Federations of North America—representing 146 Jewish federations around North America that raise and distribute over $2 billion each year—has seen its membership and funding decline. But its new CEO, Eric Fingerhut, believes JFNA’s best days lie ahead.

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A Prominent Jewish Humanitarian Prize Goes to a Criminal Justice Reformer

A Prominent Jewish Humanitarian Prize Goes to a Criminal Justice Reformer

Amy Bach’s nonprofit, Measures for Justice, has drawn support from a range of top funders that share her view that better data is a key to driving reform. Now, as the latest winner of the Charles Bronfman Prize, Bach has yet another powerful ally.

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With an Eye on History, a Couple Gives to Organize and Train Reform Jews to Stand Up for Immigrants

With an Eye on History, a Couple Gives to Organize and Train Reform Jews to Stand Up for Immigrants

Jews know what it is to be immigrants and refugees, chased out of countries over many centuries. So it’s not surprising that some Jewish philanthropists—like Jill and Peter Kraus—are giving to push back against the Trump administration’s policies.

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A Look Inside the Sidney & Lisa Glenner Foundation’s Chicago-Area Jewish Giving

A Look Inside the Sidney & Lisa Glenner Foundation’s Chicago-Area Jewish Giving

Based in suburban Skokie, the Sidney and Lisa Glenner Foundation has consistently maintained a low profile. To help Chicago-area grantseekers know this funder a bit better, here are a few insights about the Glenner’s charitable giving.

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They Did Well on Broadway. Now This Couple is Giving for Jewish Ethics and Social Justice

They Did Well on Broadway. Now This Couple is Giving for Jewish Ethics and Social Justice

Ruth and Stephen Hendel are best known for backing award-winning plays and musicals, but they’ve also long supported Jewish causes. Their biggest gift yet will establish a new center for ethics and justice at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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She Took on a Powerful Male Donor. Now She'll be Leading a Top Jewish Feminist Organization

She Took on a Powerful Male Donor. Now She'll be Leading a Top Jewish Feminist Organization

Sheila Katz, who struggled for four years to get mega-philanthropist held accountable for his sexual harassment, was recently named the new president of the National Council of Jewish Women. Where’s NCJW heading? And who are its funders?

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Fallout: The Jewish Philanthropy World Reacts to Allegations Against a Top Donor

Fallout: The Jewish Philanthropy World Reacts to Allegations Against a Top Donor

This week’s New York Times article reporting that the Michael Steinhardt sexually harassed six different young women has been a focus of conversation across the Jewish nonprofit world. What are people saying? And how will the scandal affect Steinhardt’s giving and his grantees?

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A Unique Prize Taps Jewish Wisdom to Defend Democracy. Who Are the Winners?

A Unique Prize Taps Jewish Wisdom to Defend Democracy. Who Are the Winners?

The Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom looks to help people live better lives and shape a better world through the application of Jewish wisdom. For the second year in a row, the prize is backing work that shores up democratic institutions under attack.

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