(I didn't receive this directly from JFNA; I did receive it from 18 of my friends in Jewish communal life.) Some of you may recall my comment on these pages in March 2016 at about the time of this professional's engagement -- his placement of a lengthy ad when working in Rhode Island identifying himself as "the best fund raiser in Rhode Island" and his lawsuit following his very short-term engagement by another employer. After that, I heard from those at JFNA who might know his work there that he was "great." And...now...this...after less eight months?We want you to be aware that Joshua Karlin has left his position as Associate Vice President of Planned Giving and Endowments. During his tenure, Joshua began ground-breaking work on an “e-prospecting” model which identifies and tracks prospective planned giving donors as a means of developing the pool of potential donors. We appreciate the leadership he provided and wish him well in his future.The department continues with Gail Gordon and Steve Gross as Senior Directors, supported by Cheryl Phillip as Associate Director and Anna Allen as Manager. During this period of transition, the department and its direction will be supervised by Elissa Maier. Extra support to this area will be provided through the consulting services of Stephen E Rose, who has spent a career in Jewish Foundation work and will assist with the overall strategic direction of P.G.&E. Stephen will be in the office today and will participate in the GA.If you have any questions about this change or work that might currently be in progress, please feel free to reach out to either of us.Thank you,Brian Abrahams and Elissa Maier"
I've also heard from many what a great job Elissa Maier is doing. Her title -- "Vice President, FRD Operations and Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence, Jewish Federations of North America" -- confuses me -- does she work for both? Has she any FRD/Endowment-Planned Giving experience? "...[T]he department and its direction will be supervised by Elissa Maier." How does that work? And, with Joshua Karlin clearly already gone, another consultant is brought on?
C'mon man...I guess we will find out whether FRD can be rebuilt upon a foundation of a Senior Consultant, two excellent part-time community consultants and, now, a part-time PG & E Consultant -- all great pros but...really? And, Brian Abrahams, as good as might be, working out of Chicago? Does Smilin' Jerry even understand this? Does anyone care?
I mean, really folks, is this any way to run a circus? Or, not run it?
* March 7, 2016 -- The Best Fund Raiser in Rhode Island -- Uh Huh.