The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies conducts extensive research in a wide variety of areas.
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Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership develops research and reports related to fundraising and philanthropy in the Jewish community.
The structure of the North American Jewish philanthropic system changed significantly in the latter part of the 20th century. In response, the “Joint” transformed itself in the 1990s from an agency dependent on its annual allocation from the federation system to a sophisticated fundraising organization.
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The Elusive Fundraiser: A Complex Situation with Simple Solutions
Amy L. Sales. Contact, Spring 2010.
The shortage of fundraising professionals results from a complex set of issues. Nonetheless, increasing the talent pool, building support systems, and changing the mindset of top leadership can go a long way toward addressing the problem.
Developing the Developers.
Amy L. Sales and Nicole Samuel. 2007.
Fundraising - with its high rates of burnout, turnover, and new hires—may be one of the most troubled arenas in the Jewish community. The study investigates the source of these problems and the potential of alternative courses of action to effect change.
The Remaking of Hillel: A Case Study on Leadership and Organizational Transformation.
Mark I. Rosen. 2006.
The study covers a time of dramatic transformation of International Hillel, beginning in the 1980s and extending through 1995. The case recounts the decisions and events of those years and invites the reader to analyze the story through various theoretical frames. Case Analysis by Amy L. Sales.
Philanthropic Lessons from Mapping Jewish Education.
Amy L. Sales. 2006.
Lessons from Mapping Jewish Education.
Amy L. Sales. 2007.
Jewish education is a multi-billion dollar enterprise with a proliferation of programs at the local, regional, and national levels. The study aggregates information about these programs and the organizations that sponsor them. It examines how resources are currently spent and where future investment is most likely to make a positive difference. Jim Joseph Foundation funded the research and used findings to inform its philanthropic decision making.
Mapping Jewish Education: The National Picture.
Amy L. Sales with Marion Gribetz, Annette Koren, Joe Reimer, Nicole Samuel, and Jackie Terry. 2006.
This report examines various roles that are and can be played by federations, foundations, and agencies to create a strong educational system for the Jewish community; and it explores key issues faced by foundations in their funding of education.