Philanthropy

Mem Bernstein: “Passing the Baton”

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Nov 202018
 
Mem Bernstein: “Passing the Baton”

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy Mem Bernstein, Chairman of The AVI CHAI Foundation, delivered the following key note address at the recent Day School Investor Summit, convened by Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, November 11-12 at the Ritz Carlton-Bal Harbour. More than 100 philanthropists dedicated to growing the day school field were in attendance. *** I

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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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Landing and Launching

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Jul 092015
 
Landing and Launching

This post is cross-posted from the Sanford Duke Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society. For a foundation spending down, the final years entail a lot of ending, closing, and exiting. But there are good reasons why they should also include some creative new work. The latest installment in Joel Fleishman’s long-running study of The

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Jan 302015
 

This post is cross-posted from The NY Jewish Week By: George Rohr A Jewish day school education was not an option for me when I was growing up in Bogota, Colombia. Having missed out on the experience, I was especially appreciative of the education my children received as day school students in New York. I

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What’s in it for Me? Selfishness in Philanthropy

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Jan 292015
 

“There was a wealthy philanthropist who added an extension to a synagogue. It was elegant, functional, beautiful. The philanthropist only had one request before he transferred title to the synagogue. He wanted his name inscribed over the entrance as an everlasting memory. As you might expect, some congregants objected, and the dispute eventually came to

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Jun 182014
 

This post is .By: Yossi Prager AVI CHAI made available $150 million in interest-free loans for construction and renovation at day schools and summer camps by borrowing a great idea from another foundation. In total, we assisted in capital projects of nearly $1 billion. By sharing this story, I hope to “pay it forward,” and

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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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Jan 132014
 
Jewish Funders Network Launches ‘Greenbooks’, Guides to Enable Smarter Giving

This article was cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. In the investment community, research reports known as Blackbooks are extremely well-regarded for their insight, objectivity and quality. Now, the Jewish Funders Network and The AVI CHAI Foundation are bringing the same rigorous lens to the world of philanthropy. Called Greenbooks, they are designed as guides for investing intelligently

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