"To be a Jewish leader...one must have Jewish education, one must know Jewish tradition, heritage and history. If you don't have it, 'Jewish leader' becomes a title without substance."

Irving Bernstein

Irving Bernstein

About Us


Max Fisher (Jack Gruber / The Detroit News)

The Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership is dedicated to strengthening the human and financial resources that form the foundation of the Jewish communal infrastructure. The institute’s core mission is to educate volunteers and professionals for leadership in fundraising and philanthropy. To this end, it generates research, develops instructional materials, and offers seminars and conferences to those concerned with fund development in the Jewish community.

The institute was established in 1997 by a gift from the late Max M. Fisher, philanthropist and community leader. Originally called the Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Leadership in Philanthropy, its name honored the partnership between Max Fisher and the late Irving Bernstein, a partnership that produced extraordinary results in raising funds for the Jewish people.