Explorations in Contemporary European Jewish Philanthropy: The Italian Case in Context

By Luisa Levi D'Ancona

JDC Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare - The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel, October 2010

The purpose of this paper is to start exploring the under-researched area of European Jewish philanthropy. Because of the difficulty of thinking of European Jewish philanthropy as a monolithic phenomenon, the paper focuses on one country, Italy, as a starting point to examine challenges and developments of contemporary European Jewish philanthropy, with a vision of further research on Jewish giving in other European countries. This paper explores Italian Jewish giving both diachronically and synchronically. The background on the history of giving by Italian Jews explores the long-term dynamics of Italian Jewish giving and contributes to a better understanding of the contemporary dynamics of Italian Jewish giving. The section on contemporary Jewish giving in Italy presents findings on philanthropic trends within the main Jewish organizations in Italy and examines the profiles of Italian Jewish donors. As data is incomplete, this paper is limited to a qualitative analysis which shows how Jewish philanthropy in Italy exists and is at the beginning of a process of change similar to that which is occurring elsewhere in Europe.

Topic: Tzedakah (Charity), History, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Communal Responsibility, Sectarianism, Charitable Giving, Israel Attachment, Survey, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Jewish Organizations

Volume/Issue: no.14

Funder: European Forum at the Hebrew University , Konrad Adenauer Foundation

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Coverage: Europe , Italy

Language: English

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D'Ancona, Luisa Levi. Explorations in Contemporary European Jewish Philanthropy: The Italian Case in Context. JDC Israel,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare - The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel. October 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8785


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