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Seven Trends in Philanthropy to Expect in 2017

2016 included record levels of giving and impact investing and more strategic approaches to charitable efforts. 2017 will likely launch its own unique trends.

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Religious Behaviorism or Spiritual Materialism?

"In a world where we all yearn for lives of meaning and connection, it is easy to mistake our embrace of a feel-good spirituality and rejection of tradition for enlightenment."

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Opinion: Worse than Kapos?

Rabbi Marc Soloway considers what it means today to be called "worse than kapos" for holding -- and expressing -- fairly mainstream opinions in the public market of ideas.

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Philanthropy Supports Democracy, Democracy Supports Us All

As this year comes to a close, I want to remind readers — of every political point of view — about the critical role that philanthropy can play in advocating for the fundamental principles that have enabled the success of our unique democracy for nearly 230 years.

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Cataracts, Shopkins, and Dr. Strange – Electing to See Beyond

The third Hebrew month of Kislev is soon upon us, and with that - no matter how you spell it, - Hanukah, the festival of lights is coming.

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Elul, Amalek and Doctor Who

Who has not seen or at least heard of the long-running TV series, Dr. Who? Why do I bring it up at this time of the year? Primarily because of this week’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei.

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In Disheartening and Divisive Times, Philanthropy Can Spark Hope

Philanthropy is inherently optimistic, reflecting the deeply held belief that we can have a positive impact on the lives of others as well as on stubborn societal issues. Through philanthropy, individuals can make a difference, promote change, and improve their communities.

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IRS Gets Behind PRIs With New Regulations

With a PRI, a foundation lends to or invests its endowment assets in a nonprofit or for-profit entity in a way that furthers its mission. At the same time, the investment has the potential of providing a positive financial return to the foundation.

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Creating a “Safe Zone” With Family Philanthropy

When it comes to communicating around money and values, many families face a significant challenge. Family philanthropy can be an important and safe area in which to commence a family conversation about money and values.

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Present Even in Absense

This Thursday, the seventh of Adar, is both the birthday and the yahrzeit of Moshe Rabeinu, Moses our teacher- with a lifetime of one hundred and twenty years in between.

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On Becoming a US Citizen

On Wednesday December 16th, I was officially sworn in as an citizen of the United States, which was an extraordinary experience that actually gave birth to a surprising range of emotions.

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