Capacity Building

Sep 172018

This article is cross-posted in eJewishPhilanthropy. By Michael S. Berger and Leah N. Meir For many Jews around the world, the past week has been intense. Rosh Hashana ushered in a period of self-evaluation and, hopefully, triggered an impulse to improve. In just a day or two, Yom Kippur, with its solemn intensity, will set the stage for

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Aug 232018

This piece is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. By Deena Fuchs At a recent gathering, conversation turned to AVI CHAI’s impending spend-down at the close of 2019. A number of colleagues expressed interest in hearing more about the spend-down and its implications. I was actually surprised by the request for more information. Since announcing the spend-down more

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Supporting “Field-Building” Organizations

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May 212014

This post is cross-posted here on eJewishPhilanthropy. For the overall welfare of our community, we believe Jewish funders – local, regional, national – should find ways to support national field-building organizations as well as local providers. ***** More on National-Local Collaboration: Supporting “Field-Building” Organizations by Shari L Edelstein, Marcella Kanfer Rolnick and Yossi Prager Conversations

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Sparks of Engagement

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Dec 032013

This post continues our Chanukah series exploring the idea that: “Jews stand for light in the darkness, and every Jew can rekindle the flame of another.” We are pleased to feature a range of respondents discussing how this concept “illuminates” their perspectives and work. Visit here to read the introduction to this series – and

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Jul 222013

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. by Susan Kardos The AVI CHAI Foundation is a Jewish education philanthropic foundation which will be spending all of its assets and winding down its operations by 2020. We have tried to build a good reputation among grantees in the Jewish day school and summer camp

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Mar 292012

This piece is cross-posted here on by Yossi Prager Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” Should philanthropy be the same? AVI CHAI’s spend-down goals include building funding partnerships with others whose values and interests align with ours. I have therefore had the privilege of meeting with and learning

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Why We Continue to Support PEJE

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Jun 202011

By:  Deena Fuchs and Susan Kardos Debra Nussbaum Cohen in the Forward claims mixed results for PEJE’s efforts over the last 14 years. In developing her story, she interviewed a number of the original PEJE partners who are no longer funding the national organization. Unfortunately, she did not speak with anyone from AVI CHAI, a

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Transitions at PEJE Mirror the Day School Field

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May 182011

Rabbi Josh Elkin’s announced departure after 14 years as executive director of PEJE provides an occasion to assess PEJE’s accomplishments under Josh’s leadership. PEJE’s efforts have mirrored developments in the day school world as well as broader trends within the non-profit world.  Josh leaves behind an organization poised to help schools address the challenge of

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