Failing to Succeed: Two Case Studies

By Deena K. Fuchs

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

Philanthropic 'failures' are programs that do not meet their projected goals, but the only true failures missed opportunities to learn from these ventures. The author explores two failed programs funded by the AVI CHAI Foundation: the Jewish Teachers Corps (modeled after Teach for America) and JSkyway (modeled after secular distance learning). In each of these cases, the foundation overlooked structural weaknesses, blinded by the idea that was too good not to fund. They made faulty assumptions which led to the foundation's funding of a model too expensive to run its full course. In these ways, the foundation failed the programs by missing opportunities to improve them from the outset, though it hopes still to find viable models for these ventures in the future.

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Day Schools, Education, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Program Evaluation

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Gail Naron

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

Page Number(s): 126-131

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Fuchs, Deena K. Failing to Succeed: Two Case Studies. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2009: 126-131. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4125


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