I learned from one of you Readers that in Internet-Speak, "FRD" doesn't mean "Financial Resource Development," instead it means "a ridiculous, stupid act" -- "fucking retarded" = "FRD." That caused me to think -- and, sure enough...politically incorrect.
Let me explain...
When Vicki Agron dictated the hire of Brian Abrahams as JFNA's Senior Vice-President, Financial Resource Development, along with so many who knew or knew of Brian and his work at Aipac and, long, long before that, UJA, I was thrilled. I think everyone was. And, then, when in one of his first acts, Brian terminated Agron's choice to lead Planned Giving and Endowments, one who everyone should have known would be a terrible fit, I was even more thrilled.
And, then, nothing happened. "FRD" happened; what was once FRD became "FRD."
When Planned Giving and Endowments emerged as a national activity, Marty Kraar, z'l, hired Don Kent to lead the embryonic effort. Don was a brilliant, aggressive promoter of "PG&E;" with whom I had numerous clashes b'shem shamayim; my sense being that the effort should have been within UJA, the national fund-raising entity. When, the UJA-CJF Partnership emerged, certain functions were transferred between the partners and UJA succeeded to Kent's efforts. Joe Imberman was hired to professionally lead the effort, and he continued in that leadership role through the first decade of JFNA. Joe left and, today, we have the remnant of PG&E. Leaderless.
While there are many examples of the collapse of FRD into "FRD," just look -- the position of VP-Planned Giving and Endowments remains unfilled. Last I looked the position was reposted in February 2018. A recent headline in the FedWorld rag trumpeted the reality: "$30 Trillion Intergenerational Wealth Transfer is Underway," And, how is JFNA "FRD" responding? "(JFNA) is on it with field leader 21/64." Yes, JFNA did what "FRD" does best -- it hired a consultant. And 21/64 -- Next Generation Philanthropy looks like a terrific, skilled Women-Owned Business (whether a contract with JFNA is appropriate when JFNA's Gail Norry serves on its small Board, is a matter for another day).
So FRD and "FRD" add to its ever-growing list of part-time consultants -- add 21/64 to Agron, 8 (or is it 9) excellent community consultants -- it is never healthy for an organization to be top-heavy with consultants, no matter how skilled -- I'll bet that if someone were managing FRD/"FRD" they could ask 21/64 and 21/64 would tell JFNA exactly that.
And JFNA isn't asking!! Never asks. Won't ask.
It's FRD the "FRD" way; it's "FRD" the JFNA way.