Resources

Generational:
Jewish Teen funders
The mission of the Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) is to provide teens with multiple Jewish values-driven opportunities to engage in collective philanthropic giving with their peers.

Learning to Give
The Learning to Give is the curriculum Division of the LEAGUE, Founded in 2005 by a consortium of business, education, government, media, non-profit leaders and youth. The LEAGUE empowers youth to "get in the game" of serving their community and world. Includes a collection of 1,200 quotations on the general topic of 'giving,' as well as 1,300 lessons for k-12 classrooms.

21/64 Bronfman Foundation
21/64 is a non-profit organization that addresses 'strategic philanthropy through the generations.' It serves families as well as foundations and federations by providing services to address generational transitioning.

General Fundraising:
New Tithing
A nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the charitable donations of Americans, uses a formula to determine a feasible level of giving for donors.

Wealth Engine
WealthEngine.com is the leading wealth research services firm for nonprofit organizations and financial services companies. Recognizing the value of fully assessing wealth indicators and identifying links to prospects, WealthEngine gathers information to assist marketers and development professionals to create strategies for up-selling, cross-selling or fund raising.

Global Issues:
Machar: teaches Jewish high school students about poverty in America. Service projects that support microlending, community investment, and grassroots empowerment are interwoven with Jewish text study and critical reflection on American culture.

American Jewish World Service
American Jewish World Service has a two- prong mission. The first addresses the goal of alleviating poverty hunger and disease among people in the developing world/ global south. The second prong of their efforts is to promote 'responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.'

Israel:
Giving Wisely:
Giving Wisely is a comprehensive Internet directory of Israeli nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

Jewish Philanthropy:
Justaction
textual resources, discussion questions, and planning exercises related to social action and community service.

Shefa Fund
The Shefa Fund is a public foundation established in 1988 to encourage American Jews
to use their tzedekah/charitable resources to create a more just society. The Shefa Fund's
Tzedec Initiative is an innovative movement in the American Jewish community to fight
poverty through community banking and investing.

The History of Jewish Giving in America. Mendelson, Evan. Jewish Virtual Library. .
This article gives the historic background of Jewish philanthropy in America, focusing on patterns and motivations.

Jewish Funders Network
Jewish Funders Network is an organization that is dedicated to the advancement of philanthropy in the Jewish world. The organization consists of individuals who give a substantial amount to philanthropic causes through a Jewish lens, whether or not the funds go directly to Jewish causes.

eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog
eJewish Philanthropy is a on-line publisher and a facilitator of resource mobilization serving the Jewish communal world. They strive to provide all our visitors with access to external resources, serve as an instant publishing channel highlighting the latest happenings in the world of Jewish philanthropy along with providing best practice strategies as they relate to managing and promoting a non-profit organization. Based in Jerusalem, this organization seeks to connect philanthropists together, educate them and innovate ways to better support the contemporary philanthropist.
The New Jew: Blogging Jewish Philanthropy
This blog offers insights into the Jewish philanthropic world.

Philanthropy:
Network for Good
The Network for good gets one connected to the right charity or volunteer opportunities. This is a website where you can give to your favorite charity/charities and have all your donation records stored and accessible at any time. Their philosophy for online giving is based on the idea that it is easier and more efficient to give online.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
NCRP has used research and advocacy to urge the philanthropic community to provide nonprofit organizations with essential resources and opportunities to effectively serve disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations and communities.

Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan
By Tracy Gary & Melissa Kohner

The Joy of Charity - The more you give, the more you get. The purpose of this site is to explain how this works and to encourage you to try it out. It includes philosophy and texts on charity as well as other resources.

Give Daily:
Give Daily is a site dedicated to encouraging people to give charity daily- in schools and online.

Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (the Forum) is a national philanthropic leader and a network of 32 regional associations of grantmakers. It supports philanthropy by strengthening the ability of all regional associations to fulfill their missions; these associations promote the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy in order to improve life in their communities.

Philanthropy News Digest
Philanthropy News Digest is a daily summary of the major news events in the world of philanthropy. As a service of the foundation center, the e-newsletter offers updates in the fields of philanthropy.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a bi-weekly print and online newspaper for the non-profit world. The newspaper and e-newspaper provide information on all aspects of fundraising and philanthropy, including other helpful websites, news stories about the recession, statistics on growing and shrinking philanthropies and anything else a serious fundraiser might need to know.

More Than Money Institute
This website provides a magazine archive of articles written on the relationship between where people give and their values. Articles may be used in conjunction with other values clarification excercises.

Tzdakah:
Just Tzedaka:
Tzedakah, Inc.'s mission is to help raise the level and effectiveness of Jewish charitable giving by encouraging more informed giving and better managed, more open, and accountable charitable organizations.

Socialaction.com
A list of useful resources including a long list of quotes from Torah, rabbinic sources and up through modern leaders.

Tzdakah Collectives:
Kavod, a tzedakah collective creates new programs and fund existing programs that help Jews and non-Jews living in the United States, Israel, and around the world to live in dignity and honor.

Hekdesh
Hekdesh is a three-year-old "giving circle" for Dorot Alumni to pool our charitable dollars. Last year we gave away more than $10,000 to three organizations in the areas of the environment, refugees, and human trafficking. The process of selecting issue areas and grantees strengthens our commitment to philanthropy and creates connections among alumni.

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
This guide provides the framework for beginning a tzedakah collective in your congregation or among a group of friends. Based in text and comtemporary attitudes toward tzedakah, this resource is extremely valuable.

From the Reform Movement:
URJ.org - The Department for Synagogue Management offers resources for administrators and rabbis to better serve their congregations. The department provides informational booklets on long-range planning, endowments, and building for the future of a congregation.
HUC.edu - The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion trains rabbis, cantors, Jewish educators, Jewish communal service professionals and other graduate students.
Ccarnet.org - The Central Conference for American Rabbis (CCAR) is the organization to which Reform rabbis belong in the US. The CCAR provides continuing education and professional development workshops for rabbis in the field. Recently, the CCAR held a professional development workshop that featured information from our capstone project.
RAC.org - The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, situated in Washington DC advocates for issues that are important to the Reform Movement in pursuit of justice in America. The Religious Action Center provides information for congregations to repair the world, through environmental intitatives to tzedakah collectives.

Mega-Donors:
Guidestar
Guidestar is an organization dedicated to connecting people to nonprofit information.
The website allows the user to perform a simple or advanced search of nonprofits and nonprofit professionals. Such a website could be a powerful research for connecting with potential recipients of the giving circle's donation/grant.

Wealth Engine
WealthEngine.com is the leading wealth research services firm for nonprofit organizations and financial services companies. Recognizing the value of fully assessing wealth indicators and identifying links to prospects, WealthEngine gathers information to assist marketers and development professionals to create strategies for up-selling, cross-selling or fund raising.

Wealth and Poverty:
Machar: teaches Jewish high school students about poverty in America. Service projects that support microlending, community investment, and grassroots empowerment are interwoven with Jewish text study and critical reflection on American culture.

Jewish Fund for Justice: The Jewish Fund for Justice is the only national Jewish organization solely committed to fighting the injustice of poverty in America. By assisting grassroots organizations of low-income people from all backgrounds and faiths struggling for decent housing, schools, healthcare and jobs and by educating Jews about poverty issues and the importance of developing community-based social justice partnerships, the Jewish Fund for Justice brings to life the core Jewish values of tikkun olam (repair of the world) and tzedakah (righteous giving).

Jewish Coalition for Service
The more than 70 programs that are affiliated with the Coalition address pressing needs of communities and individuals, among both Jews and non-Jews. They deliver thousands of hours of direct volunteer service. Perhaps most important they convey the Jewish community's spiritual solidarity and concern with people in crisis all over the world.

Women's Philanthropy:
Guidestar (on Women and Philanthropy)
Guidestar is an organization dedicated to connecting people to nonprofit information.
The website allows the user to perform a simple or advanced search of nonprofits and nonprofit professionals. Such a website could be a powerful research for connecting with potential recipients of the giving circle's donation/grant.

Women and Philanthropy: 4 Ways to Get Started (U.S. News & World Report)

This is article that discusses how women's growing financial power changes the world of philanthropy.

Women, Philanthropy, and Civil Society
Edited by Kathleen D. McCarthy

Women's philanthropy Institute

Women's Philanthropy Institute (WPI) has unleashed the potential of a rapidly growing population of women interested in the joy and power of giving. WPI's comprehensive approach focuses on donor-centered education to broaden the base of philanthropy; research to better understand donor motivations, rationale, impact, and effectiveness; and the dissemination of essential information and research.

Reinventing Fundraising: Realizing the Potential of Women's Philanthropy
Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.
The authors have studied the causes that motivate women to contribute and the reasons major fund-raising organizations have not considered women as major contributors in the past. The development of a gender-sensitive program can benefit both sides by educating female donors, teaching volunteers how to reach women with money, and training female volunteers how to pursue major gifts from men and women.

The Transformative Power of Women's Philanthropy: New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising by Martha A. Taylor
Written for any development officer or woman looking to be more effective in her philanthropy and volunteer leadership, this issue explores how women's philanthropy has shaped the world. The contributors, all experts in the field of women's philanthropy, examine leaders in the modern women's philanthropic movement and predict where the movement is headed. The volume closes with five new initiatives and a call to action for women's philanthropy in this generation.

Women, Philanthropy, and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society (Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives)
by Elayne Clift (Editor)
Written for any development officer or woman looking to be more effective in her philanthropy and volunteer leadership, this issue explores how women's philanthropy has shaped the world.

Women's Funding Network

The Women's Funding Network is more than 130 organizations that fund women's solutions across the globe. They give women the money and tools to transform their ideas into lasting change - from combating poverty to achieving advances in healthcare, education and human rights.

Women's Benevolent Societies

This edition of "Go & Learn" explores different ways that American Jewish women historically - and we today - fulfill the obligation of tzedakah and gemilut chesed (acts of loving kindness).
Jewish Women and Charitable Institutions

This introduction to the topic of Jewish women's involvement in shaping and developing philanthropic groups provides a historical overview of the grown in synagogue and non-synagogue based philanthropy from the nineteenth century to the current times.

Books:
The Challenges of Wealth, Amy Domini, Dennis Pearne and Sharon Rich
Homewood, IL: Dow Jones Irwin, 1988.
A well-organized and anecdotal guide covering many aspects of how to
come to terms with having wealth.
Jews, Money and Social Responsibility: Developing a 'Torah of Money'
for Contemporary Life
,Lawrence Bush and Jeffrey Dekro Philadelphia,
PA: The Shefa Fund, 1993.
An exploration of the issues and uses of money through a Jewish lens.

Inspired Philanthropy: Creating a Giving Plan. By: Gary Tracy and Melissa Kohner. Chardon Press, Berkeley, CA 1998.
A workbook on creating a personal giving plan to match your values with your giving. If you have ever wondered whether you could be giving more thoughtfully or even how to think creatively about your giving, this book is for you. This book also makes a wonderful gift for anyone seeking to make a bigger impact with their contributions.

Ensure the Future: How Synagogues and Day Schools Can Compete in the Philanthropic Marketplace. Lorne S. Miller, Lorne Miller and Associates, Toronto, Canada, 2001.
Miller, a fundraising consultant, provides a framework for ensuring the survival of "smaller" Jewish institutions, like synagogues and Jewish day schools. Gleaning from his work in fundraising, he created a simple, yet thorough guide to fundraising using Jewish ideals and concepts.

With All Your Possessions: Jewish Ethics and Economic Life Tamari, Meir.
Tamari's book is a significant resource for the congregational rabbi interested in teaching a class on Jewish business ethics, or merely presenting a sermon on the relevance of Jewish Law and thought to our economic attitudes. Including both halachic and historical presentations of Jewish response to economic questions, Tamari's central assertion is this: while each person is allotted a particular share, the material goods belong to God and we are responsible for stewardship.

Choices, Jewish Voices: Money. Dorff, Elliot N. and Louis E. Newman.
Rabbis and Jewish professionals will find that the Jewish sources cited in this book are helpful for any fundraising or philanthropic venture, ranging from Torah texts to Talmud sugiyot.

Giving Well, Doing Good: Readings for Thoughtful Philanthropists. Amy A. Kass. Selections could be studied in cultivation of a donor, to inspire a campaign or to focus those involved in development work. Individual selections would also serve as a jumping off point for a sermon, especially a high-holiday appeal. This volume would make a wonderful thank you gift for major donors.

Offerings of the Heart: Money and Values in Faith Communities Shawn Israel Zevit
Rabbis and Jewish development professionals will find the Jewish texts and creative liturgies helpful in creating a fundraising campaign. The glossary of Jewish and development terms may also be useful when creating a fundraising strategy and creating congregational fundraising materials. One of the most important ideas communicated in this book is following through with the mission and vision of the organization, samples and activities are included to help Jewish professionals to articulate the mission and vision of a congregation.