More Than Money: A Covenant of Federation Philanthropic Effectiveness

By Charles Edelsberg

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), 2005

Jewish community federations enjoy an unparalleled 100-year history as trusted depositories for annual contributions of philanthropic resources. Yet, a century of success in annual campaign transactional fundraising cannot obviate the need for intensive efforts to develop much more highly participative forms of philanthropy. Similarly, just as campaign achievements are a necessary but insufficient means of raising funds to meet the system's needs, the Jewish federation's hard-earned reputation as a safe, trustworthy Jewish community chest is now inadequate to satisfy growing expectations of increasing numbers of contemporary donors. Indeed, grantees themselves are asking to be held to higher standards because of the sector-wide realization that "no cause is worthy enough to justify a gift that is not making a truly positive difference in the lives for whom it is intended." Furthermore, it costs money both to develop federation resources, as well as to give them away.

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Allocations, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Jewish Organizations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 81/No. 1-2

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Edelsberg, Charles. More Than Money: A Covenant of Federation Philanthropic Effectiveness. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). 2005:


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