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Conference of Southwest Foundations

The Conference of Southwest Foundations is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking organizations in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences and expertise among grantmakers.

Conference of Southwest Foundations

Jewish Virtual Library

The Jewish Virtual Library is an online Jewish encyclopedia, covering a wide variety of subjects, from anti-Semitism to Zionism. The website has more than 16,000 articles and 7,000 photographs and maps.

The Jewish Virtual Library

 

People of the Book, Community of Action: A Special Issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service

The Jewish community has an illustrious history of service and social action. Jewish Americans today are eager to uphold this proud tradition and to contribute to the groundswell of service sweeping our nation. Can Jewish service-learning help ensure that the hands-on pursuit of justice maintains its rightful place in Jewish life? This landmark issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service is devoted to Jewish service-learning. A collaboration between Repair the World and the Jewish Communal Service Association, it features insights from Jewish service-learning experts around the world

Journal of Jewish Communal Service: Exploring Jewish Service-Learning

Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funders Guide

A publication from GEO and Monitor InstituteCatalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funders Guide explores what it takes for grantmakers to cultivate a network mindset and offers recommendations for how funders can effectively build the capacity of networks and share what they’re learning with the broader field

Download: Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funders Guide

Celebrating 20 Years of Values in Action

Our 20th Anniversary Report highlighting the efforts and accomplishments of the Foundation and its partners over its first two decades.

Celebrating 20 Years of Values in Action

A Most Notable Life

Our 10th Anniversary Report, honoring the life and legacy of our late founder, Charles Schusterman (z”l).

A Most Notable Life

On1Foot

An open-source online database of Jewish texts on social justice run by American Jewish World Service.

On1Foot

My Jewish Learning

A trans-denominational website of Jewish information and education geared toward learners of all ages and educational backgrounds.

My Jewish Learning

Internet Sacred Text Archive

Links to Jewish texts in English, including Tanakh, Talmud, Midrashic Texts, Kabbalistic Texts and key modern texts.

Internet Sacred Text Archive

The Jewish Data Bank

The central repository of social scientific studies of North American Jewry.

www.jewishdatabank.org

The ABCs of Jewish Communal Life

An overview of the organized Jewish community, including non-profit organizations, governing bodies, religious movements and political parties.

Download: The ABCs of Jewish Communal Life

Prepared by Jeremy Burton and by Rabbi Jill Jacobs. Revised for the Jewish FundS for Justice.

Sosland Online Resource Center

The Sosland Online Resource Center offers resources for Jewish educational leaders at the community and national levels. These resources include published works, programs and conferences, organizations and communities and web-based sources on topics including Jewish education, bullying, technology, special needs and much more.

Sosland Online Resource Center

The Strong Field Framework: A Guide and Toolkit for Funders and Nonprofits Committed to Large-Scale Impact

Agents of social change often struggle to understand how to focus their field-building investments and activities because they lack a comprehensive and coherent map of the strengths and weaknesses of their field. To help address this challenge, The James Irvine Foundation asked The Bridgespan Group to develop an approach to assessing the strengths and needs of a field. The result is a framework for building more robust fields, The Strong Field Framework, presented in this report.

The Strong Field Framework can help other foundations and nonprofits to assess the strengths and needs of the fields they seek to build, and to prioritize their efforts and investments.

Read More: The Strong Field Framework: A Guide and Toolkit for Funders and Nonprofits Committed to Large-Scale Impact

Download: The Strong Field Framework: A Guide and Toolkit for Funders and Nonprofits Committed to Large-Scale Impact

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

A book by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom that discusses the concept of open source or decentralized leadership. According to Publishers Weekly: “The title metaphor conveys the core concept: though a starfish and a spider have similar shapes, their internal structure is dramatically different—a decapitated spider inevitably dies, while a starfish can regenerate itself from a single amputated leg. In the same way, decentralized organizations, like the Internet, the Apache Indian tribe and Alcoholics Anonymous, are made up of many smaller units capable of operating, growing and multiplying independently of each other, making it very difficult for a rival force to control or defeat them. Despite familiar examples—eBay, Napster and the Toyota assembly line, for example—there are fresh insights, such as the authors’ three techniques for combating a decentralized competitor (drive change in your competitors’ ideology, force them to become centralized or decentralize yourself).

Read More: The Starfish and the Spider: 8 Principles of Decentralization

Buy: The Starfish and the Spider

Seven Jewish Values: Guidelines for Inclusive Community

The “Seven Jewish Values: Guidelines for Inclusive Community” poster was created by Keshet as an educational resource for connecting core Jewish values to efforts to foster LGBT inclusion in the Jewish community.

Download: Seven Jewish Values: Guidelines for Inclusive Community

Keshet is a national, grassroots organization that works for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Jews in Jewish life. Led and supported by GLBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet offers resources, trainings, and technical assistance to create inclusive Jewish communities nationwide. www.keshetonline.org

Israel-at-a-Glance Maps Booklet

The Israel-at-a-Glance Maps Booklet includes maps of Israel alongside significant dates and interesting facts. Produced by Project Interchange, the featured fold-out is being distributed to all participants of Project Interchange seminars in Israel, serving as a reference guide to be used throughout and pursuant to the week-long educational program for opinion leaders from across the globe.

Download: Project Interchange Israel-at-a-Glance Maps Booklet

Founded in 1982, Project Interchange, an institute of AJC, has brought over 5,000 influential figures to Israel from more than 60 countries, offering them broad exposure to the various complex issues facing Israel. www.projectinterchange.org

The Compass Guide

The Compass Guide is designed to introduce, inform and enlighten readers about some of Europe’s most vital, innovative, effective and sustainable Jewish organizations and programs.

Download: The 2009-10 Compass Guide

The Compass Guide

Slingshot

Slingshot, A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, is an annual compilation of the 50 most inspiring and innovative organizations, projects and programs in the North American Jewish community today. First published in 2005, Slingshot continues to highlight those organizations in Jewish life with particular resonance among the next generation.

The Slingshot Fund is designed to highlight, encourage and provide support for a subset of the undercapitalized organizations featured in Slingshot. Founded by Jews in their 20s and 30s, the Fund aims to provide a new model for raising and distributing grants by engaging people in Jewish philanthropy who would otherwise not be involved.

Download: The 2009-10 Slingshot Guide

Download: The 2010-11 Slingshot Guide

Download: The 2011-12 Slingshot Guide

Slingshot, A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits™, Inc’s., mission is Building Better Communities through Effective Nonprofits. Continued service in consulting and training throughout the state of Oklahoma will be the first priority of the staff and volunteers of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits™, Inc.

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evaluation Series: Guidance for Evaluators

This series serves as a guide to aid evaluators as they begin their assessment of foundation programs.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evaluation Series

Network for Good

Network for Good helps people get more involved in philanthropy in the U.S. It features nonprofit resources, online donation forms, volunteer opportunities and more.

Network for Good

Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

The Cohen Center’s work spans basic research on Jewish identity to applied educational evaluation studies. The center’s recent signature studies include research with participants in Taglit-Birthright Israel, investigations of synagogue transformation and analyses of Jewish summer camping.

Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Jewish Funders Network

The Jewish Funders Network (JFN) is an international organization dedicated to advancing the quality and growth of Jewish philanthropy. JFN’s members include independent philanthropists, foundation trustees and foundation professionals. CLSFF has been a member of JFN since 1996.

Jewish Funders Network

GuideStar

Donors, grantmakers and businesses can all benefit from GuideStar’s extensive database of reports on more than 1.5 million nonprofit.

GuideStar

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs.

Foundation Center

Council on Foundations

Council on Foundations (COF) is a national nonprofit membership association that provides its members with service and support to help them succeed. COF emphasizes the value of philanthropy in the lives of people everywhere. CLSFF has been a member of COF since 1994.

Council on Foundations