Philanthropy Forum: Federations Need to Adapt

Publication Date: November 2007

Publisher: Jewish Telegraphic Agency (New York, N.Y.)

Author(s): Gary A. Tobin

Research Area: Banking and finance; Culture and religion

Keywords: Fundraising and Philanthropy; Allocations; Jewish Organizations; Organizational Development

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


As part of JTA's series on "Reimagining Federated Philanthropy," the author looks at the Jewish federation system, which is the hub of a vast system of community centers, family services, bureaus of Jewish education and many more organizations. He argues that this system is becoming unglued and that changes need to be made. He offers recommendations on endowments, annual campaigns, retooling the broken federation-agency system, and general administration and function.