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Engaging, Educating, and Inspiring Young Jewish Minds 2008 – 2012 Jim Joseph Foundation Summary Report

By on March 11th, 2013

We thought we were compiling an “annual report.” But as we reviewed grantee achievements and evaluation reports documenting these accomplishments, we realized that there was a bigger story to tell. This is how the Jim Joseph Foundation’s 2008 – 2012 Summary Report came to be. While it will be no surprise if you follow our work closely, we sought to depict the full story of numerous initiatives and programs – from development to implementation to the collaboration and learning that occurs throughout a typical Jim Joseph Foundation/grantee relationship. Of course, sharing positive outcomes is an integral part of the story. The Foundation’s grants are viewed as investments.  Grant awards are usually made over multiple years.  Meaningful results are rarely realized by grantees ...More

Growing New Saplings of Jewish Life

By on January 24th, 2013

This weekend, as we celebrate Tu B’shvat, the “birthday of the trees,” we would do well to look to the world of trees to think about how the Jewish world is growing and changing. An individual tree follows a cycle of birth, growth, and eventual decay. Each tree continuously sends out small shoots nearby that eventually replace the older tree. The survival of a forest depends on each tree’s individual growth, and its ability to send out seeds that will create a new set of trees that survive and thrive in the current conditions. What’s the connection between Jewish life and those trees? In my opinion, while we work to help those 500-year-old redwoods grow taller, we should focus on the ...More

Looking Ahead in 2013

By on January 7th, 2013

The end of 2012 and onset of the New Year are cause for both reflection and anticipation. The Foundation concluded last year with a mid-December Board meeting that featured approvals of several new grants.  In 2012, the Jim Joseph Foundation awarded $18.6 million in new grants while re-purposing another $2 million to grantees for a variety of tactical uses of funding previously granted.  We devoted considerable time the last few weeks in December to intensive budget reviews of current grantees’ recent grant report submissions.  At year end, the Foundation had made payments in 2012 of $41 million to grantees. We began the New Year looking forward to a number of reports, articles, evaluations and blogs authored by Jim Joseph Foundation professionals and ...More

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