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  1. Tzedakah and the Jewish Holidays

    (With thanks to the Shefa Fund - whose successor organization, Jewish Funds for Justice, has become part of Bend The Arc - for the idea for this piece.)

    For centuries, giving to tzedakah has been a traditional way to mark Jewish holidays. But all holidays are not created equal. In this resource, we offer connections between the theme of each holiday or season, and some possible giving opportunities that correspond with it. 

    Rosh Hashanah

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/tzedakah-and-jewish-holidays-giving-social-change

    Posted on: 2016/04/20 - 2:27pm

  2. Organizing Money: Capital Campaigns and Fundraising

    The terms “Organizing Money” and “The Torah of Money” were coined by Jeffrey Dekro, formerly the president of The Shefa Fund (now Bend the Arc) and a member of Reconstructionist synagogue Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia. It reflects the concept that asking people for money is optimally about bringing them more deeply into communal relationship.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/organizing-money-capital-campaigns-and-fundraising

    Posted on: 2010/01/01 - 12:00am

  3. Fundraising Tips

    General Fundraising

    • Fundraising should be “soul raising.” It should teach people about Reconstructionism and make people more knowledgeable Jewishly, as well as raise money.
    • Make small givers feel as comfortable as big givers. 
    • Focus congregation’s vision on the case statement of what you want to do, what is important and why it’s important. 
    • Avoid the need for financial crisis management by having fundraisers in the earliest part of your fiscal year. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/basic-fundraising-tips

    Posted on: 2010/01/01 - 12:00am

  4. The Halakhic Basis for Community Financing of Jewish Life

    This article summarizes a wealth of information found in With All Your Possessions: Jewish Ethics and Economic Life, by Meir Tamari.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/halakhic-basis-community-financing-jewish-life

    Posted on: 2010/01/01 - 12:00am

  5. Fundraising Through Grants

    This is a small but growing collection of resources on fundraising and grantwriting. It is based on a workshop handout compiled by Sharon Schwartz, education director at Kehilat HaNahar.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/fundraising-through-grants

    Posted on: 2017/04/19 - 5:38pm

  6. A Jewish Approach to Obligatory Giving

    (Reprinted from Congregations Magazine, The Alban Institute, Nov/Dec 2001. This piece was written by Bob Leventhal and Rabbi Shawn Zevit)

    The rabbi squirms in his seat when a leader suggests that he engage in fundraising. Perennially vocal board members grow silent when it is time to follow up with congregants about their financial obligations. The topic of money makes us uncomfortable. But no organized religion has ever been without a need for resources or an expectation of offerings, dues, or taxes to support its institutions. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-approach-obligatory-giving

    Posted on: 2001/11/01 - 12:00am

  7. Philosophy, Strategic Communications and Innovative Fundraising

    This article was originally published on July 6, 2017 on eJewishPhilanthropy.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/philosophy-strategic-communications-and-innovative-fundraising

    Posted on: 2017/07/10 - 9:46am