From First Fruits to Abundant Harvest: Maximizing the Potential of Innovative Jewish Start-Ups

Bikkurim, Wellspring Consulting, March 14, 2012

Currently, the Jewish community offers very little support specifically geared toward post-start-up needs, nor are those needs broadly understood by funders, capacity builders, and even by the organizations themselves. This study focuses on those start-up and post-startup organizations, few in number but strong in transformative potential, that are poised to make a significant contribution to the Jewish community. It calls attention to the severe drop-off in communal support that occurs as start-ups grow into the post-start-up stage, when both budgets and potential for impact are greater. It also suggests that some of the most successful high-growth-potential organizations are actually failing to grow at a healthy pace, not because they lack traction, demand for their services, or strong leadership, but rather because they lack financial and capacity building support that could help them to scale their impact, support that is often available to non-profits outside of the Jewish community. Finally, this report provides useful direction on how the three critical players in this sector – funders, support organizations, and the new organizations themselves – can work together to advance those initiatives with the greatest potential to transform the Jewish community.

Topic: Innovation, Startups, Organizational Development, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Jewish Communal Service, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Jewish Organizations, Governance, Community Development

Funder: Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation , Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation , Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education (PELIE) , Samuel Bronfman Foundation , The Natan Fund , UJA-Federation of New York

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Language: English

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