We are facilitating stronger connections and relationships between the people, programs and organizations working in our fields of interest, in service of achieving our greater common aspirations.
Networks and network theory has increasingly become central to the way our Foundation approaches philanthropy.
We operate as part of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman), a global network of philanthropic initiatives started by the Schusterman family to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create change for themselves, in the Jewish community and across the broader world.
Within the Jewish community, we launched a networks agenda in 2011 to help grow and connect vibrant hubs and pockets of Jewish life sprouting up around the world, as part of our broader efforts to ensure a vibrant, enduring Jewish future by strengthening its constituent parts. After all, a global Jewish community fit to thrive in the 21st century must be supported by interconnected hubs and outposts around the world.
As part of this agenda, we are identifying, connecting, supporting and creating networks of young adults that want to change the Jewish world and change the world Jewishly. In doing so, we hope to reach, inspire and empower large numbers of young Jewish adults to take ownership of their Jewish identities and lead rich Jewish lives.
We are exploring how to help connect and strengthen networks of Jewish life together in ways that match the dynamic and evolving nature of today’s world through a weave of grantmaking, programmatic initiatives and insight sharing. This includes:
- Working to directly convene and catalyze networks of young adults in local communities around the world, as well as around specific centers of interest;
- Strengthening the capacity of our partner organizations’ network development efforts, specifically around alumni;
- Fostering the development of collaborative networks among the organizations we support;
- Sharing insights on how social network cartography and collective impact can help people, organizations and funders develop better networks to achieve respective and common goals; and
- Focusing on how technology can help strengthen and support networks.