Crossing the Great Divide to Support Birthright: Experimenting with Models of Philanthropic Collaboration

By Jason Soloway

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Spring 2009

The potential impact of federations and foundations can be increased if these two fields of philanthropy learn to work cooperatively. The author shares an example of such collaboration, wherein the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, through a new internal division called Building the Birthright Israel Brand, worked together with federations in Toronto, Boston, New Jersey, and California. These federations were given a grant to hire a full-time development officer who would supplement the federations' annual campaign but whose primary focus would be raising funds through the federation network for Birthright Israel. Although the partnership between these organizations was uneasy, eventually three dollars were raised for Birthright Israel for every one that was spent, and each federation' pool of donors grew, demonstrating that effective and beneficial collaboration between federations and foundations is possible and desirable.

Topic: Organizational Development, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Foundations, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Partnerships

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Gail Naron

Volume/Issue: Vol.84/no.1/2

Page Number(s): 27-31

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Canada , Toronto, Ontario , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Soloway, Jason. Crossing the Great Divide to Support Birthright: Experimenting with Models of Philanthropic Collaboration. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2009: 27-31. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4112


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