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Current Trends in American Jewish Philanthropy

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Publication Date: January 1997

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Jack Wertheimer

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Banking and finance (Philanthropy and nonprofit sector)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: American Jews; Fundraising/Philanthropy

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Several broad questions are examined here from a dual perspective - from what they suggest about the state of Jewish philanthropy and the condition of American Jewish life: 1) What are the major institutional structures created by American Jewry to raise, allocate, and disburse philanthropy dollars? And how have these institutions channeled Jewish philanthropy in recent years? 2) What do we know about different populations of donors? 3) How have patterns of giving changed among the wealthiest and traditionally more supportive donors? Which new vehicles do they use to contribute funds and how do they affect the broader fund-raising enterprise?