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Declining a Grant: How Funders Can Help Turn a Negative into a Positive

By Steven Green on May 7th, 2014

When I am asked what I do for a living, I often explain my role as a program professional at the Jim Joseph Foundation, working to support compelling and effective Jewish learning opportunities. Or, sometimes, I discuss my particular role in the Foundation’s grants management process.  What I often gloss over entirely is the seemingly less glamorous responsibility of managing the Foundation’s declination process—basically carrying out the Foundation’s collective decision to sometimes say “No” to a potential grantee.  Even with a policy of accepting grant inquiries by invitation only, this is an important and necessary part of the grantmaking process. Examining this declination responsibility raises questions and offers important lessons both for funders and for organizations. On a fundamental level, are ...More

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

September 2006

By on September 18th, 2006

The Jim Joseph Foundation was recently privileged to host a two day Retreat with distinguished madrichm (guides) Rabbi David Ellenson, Arthur Fried, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Alan Hoffmann, Richard Joel, Rachel Levin, Ruth Messinger, Jehuda Reinharz, and Jeff Solomon. (Invited guest Arnold Eisen unfortunately was unable to attend.) Each of these experienced, thoughtful Jewish leaders submitted a paper to the Foundation prior to the Retreat. Individually, the madrichim responded to a single question that is of great import and urgency to the Foundation: given the Foundation’s anticipated availability of 20 million dollars to grant, annually, on a perpetual basis, what strategic grant making opportunities in support of education of Jewish youth in the United States evidence greatest promise for making an indelible ...More

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