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The New American Zionism$
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Theodore Sasson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760864

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760864.001.0001

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Fundraising and Philanthropy

Fundraising and Philanthropy

(p.62) 3 Fundraising and Philanthropy
The New American Zionism

Theodore Sasson

NYU Press

This chapter discusses developments in the field philanthropy, charting the decline of the federated United Jewish Appeal and the rise of independent fundraising by an ever-expanding number of Israeli and American Jewish nonprofit organizations. It also examines the growing contentiousness over “political philanthropy”—fundraising for partisan causes of the right and left that increasingly spark controversy in Israel and the United States. The field of philanthropy has decentralized with the core institutions weakening and myriad Israeli nonprofit organizations jostling alongside the Jewish Agency to raise funds among American Jews. American Jews are more personally involved in Israel-oriented philanthropy, choosing among causes to support, directing federation donations, and forming transnational alliances with Israeli counterparts. The master trend in philanthropy, as in the field of advocacy, is from mobilization to direct engagement.

Keywords:   American Jews, Israel, philanthropy, United Jewish Appeal, fundraising

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