Proactive vs. Reactive Philanthropy: An Inteview with Steve Lear of NECHAMA

By Alana Joblin Ain

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

NECHAMA is a Jewish nonprofit organization that provides disaster relief to impoverished victims of natural disasters. The founder of the organization, which is sometimes known as 'Jews with Chainsaws,' describes the fulfilling nature of this work and the profound impact it has had on its interfaith volunteers and numerous Jewish and non-Jewish recipients of aid. He notes some of the challenges of his organization, which include raising money for an effort that is not high on many people's priority lists and finding flexible volunteers in whom it is worthy to invest training dollars. However, the picture of a Jewish volunteer traveling to a city, joining a group of local Mennonite volunteers, and cleaning out the house of a Somali Muslim family is the inspirational image that keeps the organization committed to its ideals of building homes and building bridges.

Topic: NGOs, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Social Justice, Communal Responsibility, Nonprofits, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Volunteerism

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Gail Naron

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

Page Number(s): 150-153

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Ain, Alana Joblin. Proactive vs. Reactive Philanthropy: An Inteview with Steve Lear of NECHAMA. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2009: 150-153. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4129


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