Instead of a continental organization that partners with them, providing the expertise for federation CEO searches, federations are on their own; instead of supporting its own FedWeb initiative, federations are on their own; instead of the continental Speakers Bureau, federations, for the first time, are on their own...and so it goes, Dues remain the same, federations return on what was once an "investment" -- on their own.
And, mentoring new CEOs across City-sizes, I am reminded...
- A few years ago, one then new CEO told me of the time shortly after he joined the system that he spoke up at a Large City Executives meeting of his need for help, to which one of the renowned long-time LCE responded: "We have to get ____ a mentor." The CEO looking for guidance responded: "You were assigned to help me."
- Another new CEO, well-trained in our federation system, told me that instead of a mentor, he received a sheet of "Q and A's for the New CEO" or some such, nothing more.
The void that has been created by JFNA walking away from its obligations to the profession and the federation system, can be found in a single "edition" on FedCentral, the web-based device JFNA has substituted for its own lack of capacity to respond even to the most basic questions from the communities. For example, in the FedCentral edition, August 6-12, the questions:
- Who should we get as a Major Gifts "inspirational speaker;"
- What platform should we use for on-line donations;
- Does your community include a "honey stick" with Rosh Ha'shana cards;
- Should we have a communal Social Media policy;
- Does your federation use Instagram;
- Super Sunday text to pledge;
- How to increase teen travel to Israel;
This is in no way a criticism of the questions: it is an observation on the extent to which JFNA has left the field to its own devices. And, then, charges the user for the privilege.
And, while the abandonment is on-going, JFNA leaders are pleading that Dues are inadequate, that they need more and more and more.
This isn't going well so there is no reason to believe that this will end well.