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Mega-Gifts in Jewish Philanthropy: Giving Patterns Between 2001-2003

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Institute for Jewish and Community Research

Author(s): Gary A. Tobin; Aryeh K. Weinberg

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Banking and finance (Philanthropy and nonprofit sector)

Keywords: Fundraising and Philanthropy; Jewish Organizations; Allocations; Jewish Identification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The authors examine a large sample of donations made by Jewish individuals and organizations to determine giving patterns for mega-gifts (defined as $1 million or more). They find that Jewish giving patterns are similar to those of non-Jews with the most mega-gifts going to secular organizations and causes. Higher education is the largest recipient of mega-gifts from Jews. They recommend that Jewish causes consider new methods to attract large gifts from Jewish donors.