This week, Jumpstart—a philanthropic research and design lab—released the much anticipated Connected to Give: Key Findings, the first in a series of reports based on the National Study of American Jewish Giving. The report offers “a comprehensive snapshot of Jewish charitable giving and reveals—for the first time at this breadth and depth—who gives, where they give, how much they give, what motivates them to give, and how giving among American Jews compares to giving by other Americans.”
- Press Center
Summary: Repair the World commissioned Teaching to the Moment: A Study of Immersive Jewish Service-learning Educators to provide a comprehensive look at the qualities of effective immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) educators and the training they need to continue providing deep and engaging IJSL experiences. Though this study focuses on the IJSL field, given that IJSL is a subset of Jewish experiential education, its findings also have relevance to the broader field of Jewish experiential education. Many of the skills, capacities and knowledge areas that IJSL educators need to be effective are shared with other Jewish experiential educators. The framework that this study offers for testing these competencies serves as a model that can be used in other areas of education.
Author: Dr. Shelley Billig, RMC Research Corporation
Summary: The Jewish Organization Equality Index provides benchmarks for gauging, and resources for improving, LGBT inclusivity policies and practices of North American Jewish communal organizations. It is the Human Rights Campaign’s first-ever index of inclusion within a faith-based community and the nonprofit sector, and used similar techniques to HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, which rates Fortune1000 companies on inclusion for LGBT employees, and Healthcare Equality Index.
Key findings from the index create a preliminary snapshot of how a broad range of Jewish organizations—from national umbrella and advocacy groups to local nonprofits and synagogues—address LGBT diversity and inclusion in three categories of practice: organizational inclusion efforts, community/client engagement and workplace policies.
An estimated 10% of the organizations invited to take the 89-question survey completed it, which is consistent with HRC’s experience in launching inaugural indices of this type. Of the 204 Jewish nonprofit organizations that participated, 50% received the top score of “inclusion,” meaning they are taking significant steps to welcome LGBT individuals and families.
The index also highlights significant opportunities for improvement, especially in the areas of recruitment and training. Of the participating organizations, 79% of participants expressed they have not targeted the LGBT community in workplace recruitment efforts, and 59% have not completed any diversity or inclusion training in the past three years. More work is needed to understand how representative these findings are across the broader Jewish communal sector.
Initiated by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, together with The Morningstar Foundation, Stuart Kurlander and an anonymous donor, the report aims to push the Jewish community to prioritize inclusion of LGBT employees, members and volunteers into communal organizations.
Author: Human Rights Campaign
Download the Report: Human Rights Campaign 2012 Jewish Organization Equality Index
Download the Press Release: Human Rights Campaign Releases First-Ever Index of LGBT Inclusion within a Faith-based Community
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Summary: Next Generation Advocacy is the first and largest study of young people involved in Israel advocacy, surveying more than 4,000 Israel advocates between 17 and 30 years of age. The study finds that among those who demonstrate the highest levels of involvement in Israel advocacy over time—defined as leader advocates—the desire to support Israel is driven by a general sense of values and commitment to Israel rather than by a specific ideological or political worldview. The research also indicates key areas where investment can make a profound impact on identifying, recruiting and nurturing effective Israel advocates.
The study surveyed students and mentors involved in Israel advocacy, particularly through organizations that offer Israel-related programming for teens and/or young adults. The organizations that participated include: Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity (AEPi), American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), BBYO, The David Project, iCenter, Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC), Hillel, Moishe House and Write On for Israel, as well as Hasbara Fellowships, MASA and Stand with Us. They were not meant to represent the entire field of Israel advocacy but rather a sampling of organizations that engage young people in Israel programs. The study surveyed 4,061 individuals, which was supplemented by nearly 50 focus groups and interviews with students and mentors.
Author: Ezra Kopelowitz and Dr. Daniel Chesir-Teran, of Research Success Technologies, Ltd.
Read More: The Truth About Israel Advocacy Times of Israel
Summary: Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012 is a survey of 1,004 American Jews that takes a broad look at how Jewish values, experiences and identity are shaping political beliefs and behavior and influencing social action in the Jewish community and beyond. It finds that Jewish values, particularly pursuing justice and a commitment to social equality, are important for informing political beliefs and behaviors.
Download: Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012
Read More: New Survey Finds Jewish Values, Identity Strongly Inform Political Beliefs, Activities of American Jews (Press Release)
Summary: Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? A National Study of Philanthropic Practice is a new national field survey from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations that examines some of the key shifts in grantmaking practice since 2008 and what they mean for supporting nonprofit resilience.
Author: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Summary: Many organizations that serve our communities struggle to maintain working technology infrastructures, let alone to experiment and imagine how to achieve their missions in a digital world. Bridging this gap between media innovation and mission accomplishment was the core goal of the Jewish New Media Innovation Fund (the Fund), a pilot launched in 2010 by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, and the Schusterman Family Foundation.
The very act of establishing the Fund has already helped prompt conversations around technology and social innovation in organizations that may not have otherwise occurred. These conversations will only continue to grow and deepen as we watch and monitor the types of impact that these projects have on Jewish communities and individuals. The ultimate outcome of the JNMIF will rest as much on what the community learns from this experiment as it does on the results of the individual projects. In Innovating on Tradition: Reflections on the Jewish New Media Innovation Fund, we attempt to provide a foundation for spurring discussion about the experiment by reflecting on three key questions:
- What is the state of new media innovation in the organized Jewish community?
- How can the JNMIF process be improved?
- What might come next?
Summary: The Jewish community is faced with the new, significant and exciting challenge of supporting and integrating the most promising post-start-ups in a systemic way. Currently, the Jewish community offers very little support specifically geared toward post-start-up needs, nor are those needs broadly understood by funders, capacity builders and even by the organizations themselves.
This study focuses on those start-up and post-startup organizations, few in number but strong in transformative potential, that are poised to make a significant contribution to the Jewish community. It examines the unique needs and opportunities of both start-ups and post-start-ups in the Jewish community and the challenges they face as the innovative Jewish start-up sector matures.
This report also provides useful direction on how the three critical players in this sector—funders, support organizations, and the new organizations themselves—can work together to advance those initiatives with the greatest potential to transform the Jewish community.
Author: Bikkurim and Wellspring Consulting
Download Executive Summary: From First Fruits to Abundant Harvest: Maximizing the Potential of Innovative Jewish Start-Ups