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A Passion for Innovation

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The Center for Designed Philanthropy continues to offer complimentary consultation and educational programs to donors who aim to make their giving increasingly meaningful, rewarding and impactful. At two recent Center-hosted events, guests deepened their understanding of our community and the power that innovation and leadership have in effecting change both here in L.A. and in Israel. We convened exceptional “Next Gen” leaders—social entrepreneurs who are rising to meet some of the most pressing needs of our time—to dialogue about the start-up organizations they launched for young Jewish adults. The panelists—all recipients of Foundation grants—included: Sam Yebri, president and co-founder of 30 Years After; Jill Soloway, board member of Silverlake Independent JCC; Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, executive director of JConnect; and Rabbi Sharon Brous, rabbi and co-founder of IKAR. We also presented innovation from the perspective of the ultimate “Start-Up Nation.” Israel’s top economic official in the U.S., Minister Eli Groner, addressed the tremendous strides this small country has made in just 64 years due largely to the inspired, entrepreneurial nature and spirit of Israel. We hope you will join us in 2013 for more of these engaging and illuminating conversations. (Continued on page 2)

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CULTIVATING NEXT GEN LEADERSHIP

Foundation guests listen to our panel of Next Gen leaders at the home of Cecilia and Jeffrey Glassman.

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Innovative leadership is needed now more than ever, our experts agree. Additional insights: n

No single person can build a movement. Leaders must inspire others to join in creating change.

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Social media is key to engagement and connection. It helps to create a collective consciousness.

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Program sustainability through next-level mezzanine funding is the greatest need.

We see a strong passion for innovation reflected by our Next Gen leaders. Read more about each one’s approach to engaging the next generation and their favorite quote on leadership.

THE FOUR PANELISTS: PERSPECTIVES ON NEXT NEXT GEN Sam Yebri

Rabbi Sharon Brous

President and co-founder, 30 Years After

Rabbi and co-founder, IKAR

30 Years After is a civic action organization whose mission is to promote the participation of Iranian American Jews in American civic, political and Jewish life. APPROACH:

- Keep it social - Provide free events, while building toward revenue opportunities - Create a communal feeling and a cycle of retention QUOTE:

“ If you think you’re a leader and you look behind you and no one is with you, you’re just out for a walk.” – Proverb

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IKAR is a progressive, egalitarian congregation that aims to infuse meaning, dynamic experiences and a spiritual community into Jewish life. APPROACH:

- It takes time and repeated exposure to get the meaning of being Jewish - Be more inclusive - Raise the bar for engagement

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QUOTE:

“ We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.” – John Gardner

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ISRAEL: THE ULTIMATE “START-UP NATION” Although Israel faces formidable hardships, it remains a remarkable “Start-Up Nation,” according to its Minister of Economic Affairs to the U.S., Eli Groner. Speaking to Foundation guests at the home of Ardythe and Sam Freshman in November along with David Siegel, Israel’s Consul General to the Southwest, Minister Groner described Israel’s 6.7 percent unemployment rate, its challenges in the quest for peace, and its vulnerability to the economic woes of other nations among its most vexing challenges. Yet, in spite of these difficulties in its short, 64-year history, Israel has become a leader in economics, hi-tech and various industries and has made significant progress toward energy independence. It also has built a burgeoning nonprofit sector, including 27,000 organizations that employ more than 500,000 people and provide services to a considerable population. There is much one can learn from Israel’s example in this arena, explained Minister Groner.

(L-R) Amelia Xann, VP, Center for Designed Philanthropy; Eli Groner, Israel’s Minister of Economic Affairs to the U.S.; Larry Rauch, Foundation Treasurer.

Minister Groner credited much of Israel’s quick development to its people’s spirit of innovation, and their willingness to try new things, act on good ideas and remain flexible. “You build a start-up nation,” he said, “by rewarding people for thinking independently.” This initiative, combined with strategic partners around the globe, makes for a very optimistic future.

GEN LEADERSHIP Jill Soloway

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Board member, Silverlake Independent JCC

Executive director, JConnect

The Silverlake Independent JCC is a center for Jewish education, arts, and culture on the east side of Los Angeles. Its program, Culture Lab, engages young Jewish adults through diverse cultural programming.

NEXT GEN

JConnect and Jewlicious serve as “on-ramps” to involve young Jewish adults in the Jewish community through music festivals and other creative events. APPROACH:

- Be flexible in your approach and expectations - Charge a fee for the value provided - Engage through art, culture, and social gatherings

- Have big ideas - Create events that are relevant, accessible, fulfilling, and free - Provide options

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QUOTE:

“ Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention… attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” – Susan Sontag

“ The nature of our motivation determines the character of our work.” – Dalai Lama

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(L-R) Marvin Schotland, Foundation President and CEO; Selwyn Gerber, The Foundation’s Israel Grants Committee Chair; Eli Groner, Israel’s Minister of Economic Affairs to the U.S.; David Siegel, Israel’s Consul General to the Southwest; and Lorin Fife, Foundation Chair.

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It was fascinating to hear about what a “Start-Up Nation” Israel truly is and what the fast growth and dynamic spirit has meant for that country. This gave me encouragement to continue our mission with The Foundation— fostering social entrepreneurs in L.A. and working toward a bright, productive future for our community.

– Larry Rauch

Center Commentary There’s much to learn about social entrepreneurship and innovation from our Next Gen grant recipients, and by understanding the context for Israel being known as “The Start-Up Nation.” For both, necessity has bred invention. ”Next Genners” have forged their own way in the nonprofit world, informed by entrepreneurial business models, and armed with new technologies and current perspectives. Likewise, Israel has capitalized on original solutions to pressing problems through scientific innovation and creativity. So too, we at the Center for Designed Philanthropy apply our expertise about innovative grantmaking to make your philanthropic dollars work as effectively and as meaningfully as possible for you—now and into the future. – Amelia Xann Vice President, Center for Designed Philanthropy

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Foundation Treasurer

Meet the Center Team Center for

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Clockwise from upper left:

Amelia Xann Vice President

Elana Wien

Senior Program Officer

Preston Canter Coordinator

Naomi Strongin Program Officer

Try our complimentary, customized services for help designing your philanthropy. Our expert staff can answer your questions about identifying quality funding opportunities, creating a lasting legacy and much more. Contact (323) 761-8705 or thecenter@jewishfoundationla.org. For more information, visit www.jewishfoundationla.org/center.

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