Jane F. Karlin, Ph.D. Appointed Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, May 24, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), has announced the appointment of Jane F. Karlin, Ph.D., as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, as of July 12, 2010.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jane F. Karlin, who brings extensive expertise in institutional advancement, from major gifts, foundation relations, planned gifts and bequests, and donor stewardship to capital and special initiatives, research and technology readiness for capital campaign fundraising, corporate gifts, and annual giving,” said Rabbi Ellenson. “The College-Institute looks forward to Dr. Karlin’s vision and leadership in guiding our capital and annual fund campaigns, supporting executive staff and volunteers, and supervision of national and regional staff development.”

Dr. Karlin served as the Vice President, Mission Advancement at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) for the last three years.  At LLS, she a directed a unit that raises more than $28 million annually in non-event-related revenue from individuals, foundation, planned giving, and estates.  Under her leadership, revenue grew by 8 percent, exceeding departmental goals.  Other accomplishments included introducing a national stewardship program and annual fund, providing major gift support to executive leadership and LLS’s 60 chapters and producing the organization’s first capital campaign planning study.

Prior to joining LLS, Dr. Karlin served as a Senior Vice President, Financial Resources Development for UJA-Federation of New York.   An experienced advancement professional in both higher education and Jewish communal organizations, Dr. Karlin has also held the senior development positions at Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, The New School for Social Research and the American Women’s Economic Development Corporation.  Over an almost ten-year period, she also served in multiple significant leadership positions in New York University’s development operation.  In her various roles, she has had extensive experience in identifying, building relationships with and soliciting individual and institutional donors, as well as supporting others with their fundraising.  Campaigns in which she has provided leadership have raised more than $1.5 billion for facilities, faculty support, student aid, and new initiatives. 

Dr. Karlin’s academic background includes a B.A. from Skidmore College, an M.A. from Brown University, and a Ph.D. from New York University in Higher Education Administration. 

A frequent panelist and speaker, Dr. Karlin is an adjunct associate professor and member of the Faculty Advisory Committee in the George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University, where she originated courses in major gifts, capital campaigns, and the American philanthropic model.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu