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Recapturing Federation's Strategic Edge

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Publication Date: January 2000

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Robert Hyfler

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 77:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Banking and finance (Philanthropy and nonprofit sector)
Business (Business organization, administration, and management)
Social conditions (Associations and meetings)

Keywords: Professionalism; Fundraising and Philanthropy; Jewish Organizations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


A competitive business strategy requires an organization to pursue mutual reinforcing activities in a manner different from and more effective than its competitors. Federations can recapture their dominance in the Jewish philanthropic marketplace by focusing on and reinventing four classic characteristics and actitivities of Federation: dynamic lay networks, a reinvigorated lay professional partnership, impact giving and "big ideas," and the global reach of their mission and activities.