Patterns of Singularity: The Motivations of Independent Jewish Funders in Times of Economic Distress

Publication Date: March 2009

Publisher: Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

Author(s): Steven M. Cohen; Dasee Berkowitz

Research Area: Banking and finance; Culture and religion

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Fundraising and Philanthropy; Jewish Continuity; Entrepreneurship

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This study explores the motivations, characteristics, and concerns of Jewish philanthropists who support innovative and independent initiatives in Jewish life. The study also reports on these donors' relationships to major issues, established organizations, and Jewish social entrepreneurs. It assesses the impact of the economic downturn on both Jewish and universal giving and concludes with recommendations for bridging the disconnect between donors and young Jewish innovators.