This Year’s Top 10 MJA Articles

I am jumping on the December bandwagon and offering you this year's top 10 MJA articles in an easy to read list. This is based on your readership, but we know that not everyone can read our blog/newsletter each week. If I missed one that you felt was valuable, please let me know and I'll forward it … [Read more...]

Prospect Research: A Rundown of the Basics in 5 Steps

by Sarah Tedesco of Donorsearch Modern nonprofit fundraising is all about multi-channel marketing because organizations cannot rely on one or two strategies to sustain their needs. Rather, most nonprofits find success by combining a variety of offline and online strategies such as: Direct … [Read more...]

Creating a Culture of Yes

By Rabbi Sarah Mack, Joie Magnone and Rachel M. Woda Originally published in eJewish Philanthropy Our Education Team will be forever affected by a parent who came to us distraught, saying “my child loves two things in the world, lacrosse and Judaism and they are always in conflict.” As we confront … [Read more...]

Award Season for Philanthropy and Fundraising

With the announcement of the 2017 Tony Award nominations at the beginning of this week—and, aren’t all you Tolstoy fans excited about the 12 nominations for Natasha, Pierre, and the Comet of 1812—I began to think about these “seasons” which every industry seems to experience. From the Golden … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Help Create Community

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money...but also help create community For generations, Jewish life was experienced through congregational affiliation and community center participation. In post-World War II America, membership in a church or synagogue was expected—an American value and … [Read more...]

Sending Tweens On Their Own Path of Philanthropy

My twin daughters are 10 months away from becoming b’not (the plural of bat) mitzvah, which means, among other things, they are planning for their mitzvah project. For those of you unfamiliar with the practice I will quote our congregation’s guidebook, “our children are asked to dedicate 18 hours to … [Read more...]

A Few Post-Thanksgiving/Pre-Holiday Season Thoughts On Food Waste

Most of the readers of this blog celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend – at least the majority of us in the United States. I have faith that most of us shared grateful expressions for the riches in our lives – we are, after all, a community of people who support nonprofits and understand the … [Read more...]

Making The Most Of #GivingTuesday

Exactly one month from today – December 2nd – is #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday started in 2012 when a group of visionary nonprofit leaders at the 92Y and the UN Foundation had an idea: to take back the giving season after the shopping binge of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. From a couple hundred … [Read more...]

Good News—Bad News: The Rite of Spring in the Philanthropic World

“How are you doing?” everyone asks, without really wanting to hear the answer. But, today, I do want to hear your answers to those kinds of questions. So, how did you do in 2013? Did you raise more money? Did you have more donors? How did you compare to other organizations in your … [Read more...]

Are Nonprofit Ethics an Oxymoron?

Last week, I was a bit shocked by the article on ethics in the New York Times, "In Life and Business, Learning to Be Ethical." They suggested that we are, as a society, becoming more and more unethical and need training to give us the skills to do what we know we should do. I started to wonder if … [Read more...]