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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
There’s a growing graveyard of now-defunct Jewish culture organizations which have died for want of sustaining financial support. Jewish arts leaders say their field is in terminal decline as philanthropists shift their attention to other causes.
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?
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patronage was once a common way that the wealthy supported artists. Today, with funders abandoning Jewish arts and cultural organizations, it’s time to again explore individualized models for supporting artists working in this tradition.
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?
Generations of diaspora is a central feature of the Jewish experience—which is why the Center for Jewish History is mounting an ambitious effort to document and preserve that legacy. At least one deep-pocketed funder is all-in. Will others follow?
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?
Over 550 funders and foundation professionals gathered in San Francisco this week for the Jewish Funders Network conference. The event comes at an unsettling time, but also a period with a lot of momentum and innovation among Jewish grantmakers.
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.
The international Jewish teen organization BBYO recently landed its largest gift ever from the Chicago industrialist Ted Perlman and his wife Harriette. The donation is another sign of rising interest in empowering girls and the backstory here goes back decades.
The fund’s new president, David Myers, is looking for creative ways to sustain the group’s $30 million annual budget at a time when many younger American Jews are souring on Israel—or simply not feeling connected to it.
The Russell Berrie Foundation has been supporting its local New Jersey community since the 1980s. We look at a few recent and ongoing initiatives that show its strong local commitments, as well as how it operates.
Although there are lots of Jewish foundations in cities across the U.S., the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is a key one to watch because it perfectly exemplifies two emerging trends.
Big changes are afoot at the Koret Foundation, and Bay Area and Jewish organizations will want to pay attention. Take a look at Koret's new arts and culture initiative.
As you might suspect, there's a robust world of Jewish giving circles. We look at the organization that's bringing them together and helping them up their game.
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles has a grantmaking program dedicated to new and innovative programs that haven’t been tested before. They’re called Cutting Edge Grants,
Once considered just another Jewish funder, Ruderman Family Foundation has emerged as a leaderin the field of disability inclusion. Here's what RFF is doing locally in Boston—and nationally and globally..
The Jewish philanthropy movement remains strong in America, yet many nonprofits write off these types of foundations as potential funding sources. The Jim Joseph Foundation is now a bit more accessible.
Jeff Greene and his wife Mei Sze signed the Giving Pledge but money isn't exactly gushing out of their foundation. We explore the real estate billionaire's interests and what to expect in terms of giving.