Philanthropy

Giving Away Knowledge, Free of Charge

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Jan 172019
 

This piece is cross-posted in eJewishPhilanthropy. By Deena K. Fuchs I woke up January 1st with an uneasy feeling. It was officially the first day of the last year of The AVI CHAI Foundation’s grantmaking. This is not the time, nor the place to go into how that feels and the myriad conflicting thoughts that go

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Re-digging the Wells of the Day School Field

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Dec 202018
 
Re-digging the Wells of the Day School Field

Cross-posted from eJewish Philanthropy Courtesy: JCDS-Boston’s Jewish Community Day School By Deena K. Fuchs When I joined the AVI CHAI Foundation, a little more than 18 years ago, one of the first events I participated in was a Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) Donor Assembly. It was a well-received effort to bring together

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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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