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SJCS Encounter Seminar: “Trends in (Jewish) Philanthropy”

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

This year, the School of Jewish Communal Service’s weekly Tuesday “Lunch and Learn” Encounter Seminar will look at some of the profound changes that have been taking place in the Jewish and general philanthropic community in recent years.  As but a few examples:

·         the emergence of mega-givers and mega-foundations who are challenging the central planning role of the Federation;

·         the beginning of generational shifts of wealth and the emergence of a younger generation of Jewish donors;

·         the introduction of venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, guided by the standards and practices of the for-profit arena. 


With the current economic crisis and the Madoff Scandal, foundations and philanthropists have additional challenges, responding to radically new conditions… the substantial decreases in portfolio and endowment values, on the one hand, and the unprecedented increase in need and demand for basic social services, on the other.  What will the Jewish philanthropic environment look like when our current students graduate and enter into professional careers in the Jewish community?


June 16   “An Overview of the Current Philanthropic Landscape,” with Sushma Raman, President, Southern California Grantmakers. 


June 23   “Independent Single-Donor Foundations,” with Rachel Levin, Associate Director, Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation. 


June 30   “Grassroots and Single-Issue Philanthropy,” with Eric Schockman, Executive Director, Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. 


July 7       “Changes in Federation’s Role in the Community and in its Funding Priorities,” with Andrew Cushnir, Associate Executive Vice President of Community Affairs. 


July 14     “The Private Family Foundation,” Elaine Lindheim, Board Member, The Maurice Amado Foundation. 


July 21     “Venture Philanthropy,” with Julie Bram and Brian Appel, Co-chairs, Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund. 


July 28     “Community Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds,” with Marvin Schotland, President and CEO, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater LA. 


Aug. 4      Conclusion and Evaluation

     Richard Siegel, Interim Director, SJCS


All programs are held on the campus of HUC-JIR LA (3077 University Avenue).  The sessions begin at 12:15 and will conclude by 1:45.  Beverages and desserts will be provided; you are invited to bring your own lunches.


Sessions are open to members of the SJCS Advisory Board, the LA Board of Overseers, and friends of the School of Jewish Communal Service.  While reservations are not necessary, we would appreciate your letting us know if you are planning to attend, so that we can set up accordingly.  Please email or call Hattie Pearson, SJCS Administrative Assistant,, 213-765-2117.

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