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Fundraising and Governance

  • Developing Development Professionals


    I’ve always thought it a bit peculiar that the professional term for fundraising is “development.” So, I looked it up in the dictionary and found, among various definitions, this one: the process of growth. I then felt compelled to see what “growth” had to offer – and that was described as the process of increasing […]

  • Show and Tell…and Kvell: What I learned in grammar school is true – sharing is a good thing!

    Francine Shron

    Show and Tell…and or one’s Jewish day school… In our social media age, sharing successes and other details of our lives with friends, families, colleagues, and … even complete strangers, is commonplace. FB posts, Instagram pictures, and tweets with clever hashtags pervade our online world on a daily basis. I would even venture to say, […]

  • Are Jewish Day Schools the Libraries of the Future?

    Eric Phelps

    In making the “case” for day schools it has been suggested that their very existence in a Jewish community is a sign of its vitality. Others have reminded us that we are “people of the book” dedicated wholly to educating our children and instilling in them Jewish values. But in the face of this we […]

  • GFA Next Steps: Commit to Take Action

    Andrea Hernandez

    As an “exit ticket” GFA participant schools shared their action steps, what they commit to doing in the next 30 days.

  • Endowment: Are You Ready to Elevate the Conversation?

    Andrea Hernandez

    Margo Newman, Director of Development from Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School spoke to GFA participants about her experience in Prizmah’s Generations Program Margo shared that that as a one-woman development shop, she was overwhelmed with how much there was to do each day. She could personally relate to her iphone when it alerted her: “Storage […]

  • Board Chairs, Do You Want to Find Your Successor?

    Andrea Hernandez

    By GFA Coach Nanette Fridman, Cross-Posted from her blog Today I am at a conference with 16 schools. I met this afternoon with the board chairs who are present to facilitate a break out session. While the discussion had guiding questions, the one topic everyone wanted to talk about was succession. How are they ever […]

  • How Did it Go? Assessing Your Annual Campaign

    Andrea Hernandez

    Pearl Kane spoke about drilling down and evaluating various aspects of the annual campaign in order to assess overall success. One thing she shared was the initial questions that should be considered.

  • Fundraising is a Team Sport: Engaging Your Board Members

    Andrea Hernandez

    GFA St. Louis Keynote Speaker Kay Sprinkel Grace: The AAA Way to Fundraising Success: Building Capacity For Successful Fundraising Through Teamwork When Kay speaks to board members they often say, “I joined this board because I’m passionate about the organization, but they never ask me to do anything.”To engage the board members, you need to be […]

  • From Our CEO: On Reflection

    Paul Bernstein

    When Prizmah’s founders considered names for our now year-old start-up, they made sure, like any parent, that the name would embody characteristics they would like to see the organization grow to represent.  A prism has many attributes, and the name lends itself to metaphors about vision, light, and diversity of color, among others.  We mostly […]

  • Building Community One Ladle at a Time

    Melanie Eisen

    I recently had the opportunity to participate in a DC Soup meet up. I read about DC Soup in a Washington Post article in April. The idea is to bring local educators together with community members and supporters of teachers for an evening of sharing and funding. The admission price is $10 plus either soup, […]

  • 10 Innovative Ideas for Any School or Grade Level

    Jon Mitzmacher

    [Cross-posted from an interview I did for Prizmah’s December Newsletter.] 10 Innovative Ideas for Any School or Grade Level by Dr. Jon Mitzmacher, Executive Director of the Schechter Day School Network and VP of Innovation, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools All schools have different capacities for incorporating innovation into their curricula; however, using new teaching […]