As reported this month in ejewishphilanthropy -- A Look at Jewish Foundation Giving -- The Institute for Jewish and Community Research studied the "...giving characteristics of selected Jewish foundations with approximately $20 billion in combined assets..." Among the findings -- "[N]early one quarter (24%0 of total dollars donated by Jewish foundations, or $335 million, went to Jewish causes..." Should this finding be worthy of celebration?
~ Planned giving and endowment funds, evidencing continued strong growth, are funding donors' wishes, often in the broader, secular community to the exclusion of federation and agencies' plans...and all we count nationally is the total of those funds' growth;
~ And, should not JFNA be the venue where we, as a continental polity, actually discuss how we can best, if we can, and if we should, be the facilitator and advocate among fund donors/creators for federation-centric funding. Isn't that also our responsibility? Would not the debate have value -- a debate from which our national endowment and planned giving professionals walk away from as quickly as they can.
I know, silly me.