Jewish Philanthropy 2.0

By Alex Joffe

Tikvah Fund, February 23, 2011

There is no lack of worthy causes, and American society is uniquely blessed by charitable giving from all members of society. Among the country's very biggest philanthropists, Jews continue to be disproportionately represented, taking five out of the top six spots and comprising nine out of the 53 individuals and couples on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's recently published top-50 list for 2010.

Jewish mega-donors are hardly news. It is also a commonplace that wealthy Jews allocate less
than 25 percent of their giving to specifically Jewish causes. Of the two facts, the latter has
understandably puzzled and frustrated fund raisers for Jewish causes as well as students of American philanthropy. But is it really so mysterious?

Topic: Tzedakah (Charity), Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Communal Responsibility, Sectarianism, Charitable Giving, Fundraising and Philanthropy

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