“Create an atmosphere for innovation and change. We need to build something for the next generation.” – Charles Schusterman

We believe in doing our part to support communities of practice, enable knowledge sharing and present findings and recommendations reflective of hard data and rigorous evaluation.

By reflecting, analyzing and thinking together with peers and partners, we can continue to refine our approach, maximize the impact of our philanthropic dollars and boost the effectiveness of the organizations we support and the fields in which they operate.

We look forward to continuing to learn alongside our partner organizations, foundation colleagues and industry experts in pursuit of our shared vision for change. 

Explore the listing below for key studies, research and other findings that inform the work we do in our core focus areas.

Using Data to Make Better Decisions

Using Data to Make Better Decisions

Big data. Data analytics. Data-driven decision-making. Data visualization. There are a lot of buzz words surrounding data that make it seem unattainable without a huge staff and inexhaustible resources. Don’t be fooled—using data to make better decisions is possible for any organization of any size, and the good news is that your organization is probably already data-driven, even if not formally.

A Practical Guide to Embracing Sector Permeability

A Practical Guide to Embracing Sector Permeability

Yet, while it’s clear many of us in the Jewish professional sector are excited by the prospect of a system that supports a dynamic, empowered and engaged workforce, many people have reached out to ask how to translate the theory of sector permeability into practice. In other words, how do organizations actually implement these changes?

The Alliance: A Discussion with Adam Simon and Chris Yeh

The Alliance: A Discussion with Adam Simon and Chris Yeh

View the video of Adam Simon's conversation with Chris Yeh, startup investor and advisor, marketing expert and co-author of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. In this 20-minute conversation, Chris describes techniques comapanies he has worked with have used to build a permeable culture and how they might be replicated in other organizations. 

Connected to Give: Risk and Relevance

Connected to Give: Risk and Relevance

Turning upside-down the stereotypical image of religious givers whose primary philanthropic concern is their own faith group, a new report released by Jumpstart reveals that charitable givers with deep connections to faith traditions are less in-group-focused than donors with looser ties.

Study Finds Community Engagement Key to Charitable Giving

Study Finds Community Engagement Key to Charitable Giving

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."

Teaching to the Moment: A Study of Immersive Jewish Service-learning Educators

Teaching to the Moment: A Study of Immersive Jewish Service-learning Educators

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.

Jewish Organization Equality Index

Jewish Organization 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. 

Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012

Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012

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. 

Mapping the Landscape: The Emerging Field of Israel Education

Mapping the Landscape: The Emerging Field of Israel Education

Mapping the Landscape: The Emerging Field of Israel Education follows up on a 2003 study by the Gilo Family Foundation that called for “Israel Education to become a field in its own right—with the requisite development of a curricular approach, systemized training, professionalization and the creation of a ‘central address’ to coordinate and streamline this process.” 

Defining Israel Education

Defining Israel Education

In recent years there has been an upsurge in organizational activity on the American Jewish scene regarding Israel. The present inquiry, commissioned by the iCenter to support its own planning efforts, was designed to sharpen and clarify the special role of a Jewish educational enterprise directed at learners in the years between kindergarten and the end of high school. 

Priorities for Change in the Oklahoma Child Protection System

Priorities for Change in the Oklahoma Child Protection System

In Oklahoma, thousands of innocent children and youth face the terror of abuse and neglect. Now is the time for our state to commit to bold changes. Improving the system that protects children and youth will bring a significant return on investment-saving lives and creating a brighter future for Oklahoma. 

The Jewish Innovation Economy: An Emerging Market for Knowledge and Social Capital

The Jewish Innovation Economy: An Emerging Market for Knowledge and Social Capital

In an innovation economy, knowledge, technology and entrepreneurship are the core engines of change and growth. The many years of philanthropic investment in Jewish education and leadership development, new networks connecting emerging leaders across the continent and around the globe, and the creative spirit Jewish startup founders and leaders bring to their work have built a Jewish innovation sector that runs lean and burns hot with the twin fuels of knowledge and social capital.