Thursday, November 1, 2012

Conference sessions suggest new fundraising model, praise Israel-Diaspora cooperation


Delegates to the Jewish People Policy Institute conference proposed a new model for Jewish communal fundraising and stressed the importance of cooperation between Israel and Diaspora Jewish communities.

At a conference session on how the global Jewish community spends its funds, former CBS executive and Fox News founder Mark Pearlman suggested that the community shift in part from focusing on umbrella Federation funding, and instead emphasize funding based on causes -- though he noted the importance of Federations to American Jewish communal life.

He also said that Jewish communities should develop better online fundraising, and set up an organization that can monitor fundraising groups and direct donors to specific causes.

"It's not about auditing," he said. "We need to continue to support the federated system but we need to promote a marketplace like this to get funding to solve causes."

The conference, taking place Tuesday and Wednesday [Nov. 6 & 7] in Jerusalem, is called "The Conference on the Future of the Jewish People" and brings together more than 120 Jewish leaders and experts from around the world. The Institute is a think tank focused on developing policy for the Jewish world. -- JTA

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