An Insider's View of Public and Private Philanthropy

By Charles Edelsberg

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

A significant difference between federation and foundation fundraising is that federations often channel money from donors toward organizations that reflect the donor's values while foundations are specifically concerned with the results of their gifts. As well, private philanthropy has become more and more professionalized over the years, making it distinct from public philanthropy. These two now distinct fields can influence and support one another by focusing on shared best practices. For example, executive directors should be trained to interact ably with boards, fundraisers from different fields should learn how to effectively communicate with one another, the "flow of philanthropic resources" should be mapped, and research should be conducted cooperatively.

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Professional Development, Fundraising and Philanthropy

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Gail Naron

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

Page Number(s): 20-26

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Edelsberg, Charles. An Insider's View of Public and Private Philanthropy. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2009: 20-26. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4111


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