The new Senior V-P has a terrific background in one federation but...experiences at New York, if the Paul Kane hire is an example, have little relevance in the FRD area to the rest of the federation system. If the new hire is good, and a quick study, this short-coming will be easily overcome.
But, in its announcement of the new hire, JFNA could not resist the hyperbole so characteristic of an organization that knows not itself:
"(he) brings to JFNA the kind of proven track record and extensive communal experience that will help us drive our system’s fundraising forward,”This quote was attributed to CEO Jerry -- who, of course, came to JFNA with neither and, apparently, doesn't believe that either is necessary to his position, back for years ago or now.
In fact, close to two years ago, JFNA had the chance to hire one of the best and brightest campaigners in our system. But Paul Kane was still on board even though, beyond the Millionaire's Roundtable, there appeared to this observer that he never tiptoed into the direct FRD arena (even though, arguably, that was the purpose for which he was hired). Claiming "budgetary issues" two years no hire was made and two years have since passed until this November engagement.
So, is JFNA going to pay Paul Kane to mentor the new hire even though Paul, too, was from the same UJA-Federation environment? Do JFNA's "ideas," were there any, in all areas look like the unforgettable New Yorker cover where the world essentially ends at the Hudson River?
In 2012 JFNA published a Campaign Plan for that year and this with 7 "goals"...here they were/are:
"Inspire leading investors in the Federation Movement.
Provide support to Federations in their financial resource development and
community building efforts.
Continue to strengthen affinities including Women’s Philanthropy, Young
Leadership Cabinet, Cabinet Alumni, and Next Generation.
Increase endowment opportunities for the Federation field, for donors, and for
Provide training opportunities and tools for Federation professionals and
volunteers to enhance their development and community building efforts.
Grow financial resource development in the Network of Independent
- Re-imagine and revitalize the Missions program to support and expand Federation efforts."
I wish the new hire every success. P.S. What ever happened to Matt Freedman, an exemplary fund raiser from a relevant federation?