"Many of these words (the 'jargon' of the 'professionals' at JFNA ) come from the newly minted cult of grantmaking foundations that have created there own pseudo-science and language around accountability, documentation and evaluation. Foundation CEO's are the new high priests; program officers their levites with very little value added over the three old fashioned questions: What are we gonna do? How're we gonna do it? And how will we know if we are successful? Of course the old fashioned way doesn't look as pretty on an excel spreadsheet but it sure saves trees and compensates for lack of direction and serious thinking. It is doubtful whether Ben Gurion, let alone Herzl, would have gotten a nickel under the new model."Or this in response to the Golden Calf Post:
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire
1) The GPT is to answer the demands of the small Federations. (Bold Face lie)
2) If we fail to support the GPT, the national system will disintegrate/fail (Read: Jerry and Kathy will be emmbarassed) (Read further: If Jerry racks up another major failure - maybe his contract will not be renewed)..."
Or, this, in response to the Post on a former Chair's quest for the Conference of Presidents highest office, where I cited her love of Gilbert and Sullivan:
I am the very model of the modern Jewish leadership,That was from the famous "Gilbertstein and Sullivansky."
I've press releases,witty quotes, reciting federation's postal zip,
I know all heads of agencies, and cell phones of the special few,
From Michaels down to Edgars and even one Israeli too,
I'm very well acquainted now with budget things financially,
Consultants, projects off the books a very practiced speciality,
bout GPT and Vegas three I'm teeming with a lot of news,
Give me five, a tutor too, I'll even talk about the Jews,
I am the very model of the modern Jewish leadership...
And, in celebration of the Pesach Holiday, let's close with this:
"The Four Sons of JFNA
The Wise Son: Caught up in the minutia of marketing and GPT press releases
The Bad Son: Who denies the very essence of community building and collective responsibility
The Simple son: Who thinks that #ish came from Sinai
The Son who cannot ask: You know, like soliciting donors for the annual campaign?"
These are just four of many, my friends.
Keep 'em coming.