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Jumpstart ( is a philanthropic research & design lab based in Los Angeles. Jumpstart’s unique combination of research, convenings, and funding enables creative changemakers—philanthropists and institutional leaders alike—to realize their own visions and advance the common good. Funders turn to Jumpstart for analysis and forecasting based on original research reports such as The Innovation Ecosystem (2009), Haskalah 2.0 (2010), The 2010 Survey of New Jewish Initiatives in Europe: Key Findings (2010), The Jewish Innovation Economy (2011), and the Connected to Give report series (2013-2014). For funders seeking to achieve collective impact, Jumpstart designs and facilitates highly collaborative summits that connect, inform, and empower leaders with the capacity to create meaningful change in their communities. Through fiscal sponsorship and other funding vehicles, Jumpstart delivers resources to new initiatives that are reshaping community life around the world. For more information, please visit or email

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From #GivingTuesday to Giving USA, New Lessons for Faith-Based Organizations

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 1:31 PM

By The Rev. Nathaniel Katz

This past week's release of Giving USA's 2014 report noted that "giving to religion continues to slow; this is the result of declining religious affiliation and attendance and increased giving to religious-oriented charitable organizations categorized within the other subsectors." This trend, captured in...
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The Ruminators

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 10:52 AM

By Maya Bernstein

I have been grappling for some time with the question of where Jewish entrepreneurs fit into the landscape of innovation. How do you define them? Upon first glance, they seem to be social entrepreneurs, those who attempt to solve a major social problem, like poverty, illness, or...

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A White House Family Reunion

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2010 | 10:54 PM

By Eli Winkelman

Two weeks ago, I went to the White House for its first reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

I went with excitement, but also some uncertainty. Jewish American Heritage Month: what does that even mean? What does it mean...

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Resetting: An Unprecedented Meeting of Philanthropists

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 5:15 PM

By Maya Bernstein

cross-posted at

In a recent blog post, Harvard leadership expert Marty Linsky asked, "Will you reset or hunker down?" Will we will treat today's economic crisis as a "one-time thing," and wait for it to blow over, or as a manifestation of a...

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Spotlight on startups

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2009 | 7:40 PM

Jumpstart Research Report 2.09 - Key Findings from The 2008 Survey of New Jewish Organizations
We've had a busy few weeks and we'd like to invite a discussion about the recent release of our first Research Report,

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Public interest organizations don't need a handout. We just need to join hands.

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 11:33 AM

By Joshua Avedon

As the U.S. stimulus plan continues running the legislative gauntlet, the British government has just approved 42.5 million pounds (over $63 million) for a "third sector action plan" which includes a community resilience fund to help small organizations deliver services to the most needy, a "modernisation fund"...

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Philanthropy's New Ice Age: Will Social Innovation Survive the Freeze?

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 9:17 AM

By Shawn Landres, Joshua Avedon, and Lee Meyerhoff Hendler

Forget global warming. The ice age is coming. After a decade of philanthropic investment that has produced a flowering of innovation and social entrepreneurship not seen since the late 19th century, all signs point to a flash freeze.

Over the...

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