Begging for donations, the Prime Minister humiliates us

By Avi Naor, January 15, 2017 

Who decided that we need extravagant 70th anniversary celebrations paid for by our rich uncle?

We have recently been informed of the Israeli government’s decision that because of a lack of funds, the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Declaration of Independence, costing around NIS 70-100 million, will be funded by donations from wealthy people in Israel and abroad. Our government even outdid itself by deciding that the prime minister himself would be responsible for obtaining the donations.

This is one of the most shameful decisions an Israeli government has ever made. I was taught, and I have taught my children, that one should live modestly and within one’s means. Who decided that we need ostentatious celebrations, and that if we don’t have enough money to fund them by ourselves, the solution is to solicit contributions from our rich uncle? How humiliating, how lacking in self-respect, and how degrading for the Israeli public and for our brethren abroad. Continue Reading

Philanthropy in Israel – 2015, By Avi Naor

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The announcement by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan that they will donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares, whose current value is estimated at around $45 billion, is both exciting and inspiring, a demonstration of genuine leadership and social responsibility.

In Israel, alongside highly positive reactions, an announcement of this kind – such as previous announcements by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison and others – also arouses thoughts and contemplation as to where this leaves us, Israeli society. When will an Israeli entrepreneur come out with a similar declaration that will give us a feeling of pride?

A comparison is indeed appropriate between our culture of giving and that which is customary in other Western societies, a culture characterized not only by the volume of giving, but also how it is managed, its aims, and so on.

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Your philanthropy roadmap- Rockefeller philanthropy advisors

This brief guide by Rockefeller philanthropy advisors  is designed to introduce the world of thoughtful, effective philanthropy. It’s a roadmap for donors— individuals, couples, families or groups. It offers an overview of issues that philanthropists may want to consider as they create their own giving strategies.

To access the guide  click here.

Jewish Funders Network Releases “Handbook for Funder Collaborations”

Funder collaborations are effective tools that multiply efforts, and build unique models to achieve common goals in order to maximize impact. The process of collaborating creates opportunities to move beyond the work of a single actor by bridging gaps, and bringing together different players who share the same vision, goals, and strategy.

The “Handbook for Funder Collaborations” is a compilation of research conducted by JFN that provides a comprehensive review of existing studies, articles, and in-depth interviews with stakeholders in Israel. While the Handbook focuses on collaborations based in Israel, most examples include Israeli and American funders working together, and the lessons are relevant to any cross-cultural partnership.

Funder collaborations are effective tools that multiply efforts, and build unique models to achieve common goals in order to maximize impact. The process of collaborating creates opportunities to move beyond the work of a single actor by bridging gaps, and bringing together different players who share the same vision, goals, and strategy.

To access the Handbook, or to learn more, click here.

Shuki Ehrlich – excerpts from presentation at the JFN 2014 conference

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I would like to share with you three major – even dramatic – achievements in the Israeli philanthropy scene, over the last few years:

  1. Significant increase in the amount of private donations and in the number of private donors;
  2. Private donors have become more professional and willing to provide meaningful long-term commitments;
  3. Donors have become more involved in leading social change and in developing the strategy to promote it.

There are many examples of innovative social initiatives that have successfully created change and generated nation-wide impact on Israel’s society. Continue Reading