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Pesach 2014

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The Negev Brewery

Another product of the Negev region of Israel. This may be one of my favorites!

“In addition to the hotel exclusive and several seasonal brews, the brewery offers four beers that are always available: Amber Ale, Oasis, Passion Fruit Ale and Oak Porter. They range in taste from the light, orangey flavor of the Oasis beer, which recently replaced the Amber Ale as the most popular choice, to the porter’s darker earthiness. The passion fruit beer is the only one its makers know of in Israel that features the easily found local fruit.”

Source: In the Negev, a 2,000 shekel beer and other brews | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-negev-brewery-love-of-beer-drives-brews/

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“We’ve turned the Negev and Beersheva into the Eastern Hemisphere’s cyber capital.”

Source: Globes.co.il

Event: Negev Conference in Sderot 2014

“We have turned the Negev and Beersheva into the cyber capital of the Eastern Hemisphere,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the Sixth Negev Conference in Sderot. “We are in the midst of a revolution that is turning the Negev into a thriving center, not a periphery or branch, into a bustling center of Israel.”

“I tell young men and women, ‘Go to the Negev,’ because the Negev is rising,” said Netanyahu in listing the government’s steps to develop the region. “We have invested more than NIS 10 billion in transportation infrastructures,” adding that jobs are coming to Beersheva as it becomes a global cyber center and the IDF Training Base City is built. Netanyahu also said, “In the wake of Operation Pillar of Defense, quiet – of a kind unknown in a decade – has prevailed here. There will be no trickle of rockets. My policy is clear: any firing of rockets will be met with an immediate and sharp response.”

Link to full article: http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-netanyahu-go-to-the-negev-1000925387

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Featured Jewish Non-Profit: Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים

Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים

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From the House of Wheels website:

“The House of Wheels, which has been operating since 1979, provides a range of services for children and adults with impaired mobility, mainly due to cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.”

“The Association provides solutions to the shortage in extramural activities and lack of social structures that are appropriate for this population. The House of Wheels provides weekend activities, as well as summer camps and activity classes.”

“In addition, the Association operates a job placement project, which assigns the adult participants to jobs on the open market with an appropriate wage. Hundreds of volunteers are active in the Association, young people in their twenties, students and professionals, whose dedication over the years has helped the participants to break through the boundaries of their disability, enriches their world and inspires them.”

“About 400 participants benefit from the five branches across Israel: in Herzlia; Even Sapir near Jerusalem; Bustan Hagalil in the North; and Kibbutz Urim in the Negev. The fifth branch, established in 2008, holds its activities at Kibbutz Kramim in the Negev and is designed for children of the Bedouin sector.”

Links:

Website: http://www.beitgalgalim.org.il/English/

Gallery: http://www.beitgalgalim.org.il/English/Gallery.aspx

Donate Online to Beit Hagalgalim: http://www.beitgalgalim.org.il/English/Donations.aspx

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Yossi Vardi of ICQ Fame Interviewed By David Horovitz of Times of Israel at AIPAC 2014

Source: AIPAC’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AIPACPC

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Israel philanthropy is growing strongly, rising by 21% in 2009-11

“Donations from Israelis totaled NIS 5.7 billion in 2011, up from NIS 4.7 billion in 2009 and foreign donations rose to NIS 8.1 billion from NIS 7.3 billion.”

“Most donations from Israelis in 2011 were by individuals, not companies or corporations: individuals provided 71% of total charitable donations, companies 27%, and estates 2%. 91-92% of individual donations in 2009-11 were less than NIS 100, while 40-45% of company donations in 2009-11 were greater than NIS 500,000.”

Full post from today’s Globes.co.il: http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-charity-begins-at-home-in-israel-1000921653

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David Ben Gurion Quote

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Video: New Projects In Beersheva, Israel

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Cyber Spark Be’er-Sheva

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High Time for A Couple New Hi-Tech Ventures In Beersheva

Beersheva and the Negev are in the news again lately and this time for a couple new hi-tech ventures that will be basIBM-Intel-logoed in our growing city.

Both new ventures are centered around the field of internet security, partnerships with the local University and both have links to local Israeli hi-tech firms.

The two companies coming to the desert soon are IBM and Lockheed Martin.

From Globes.co.il and YNet.co.il

IBM setting up Beersheva cyber center

“IBM SVP Steven Mills said the new center is a collaboration with Ben Gurion University.”

 1380918157180“IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) will establish a cyber center of excellence in Beersheva in collaboration with Ben Gurion University of the Negev, SVP software and systems Steven Mills announced at the CyberTech 2014 conference.”

Full story here: www.globes.co.il/en/article-ibm-setting-up-beersheva-cyber-center

Lockheed Martin to Open Beersheva Beersheva Research Center

“American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company Lockheed Martin, maker of Israel’s F-16, F-15 and F-35 fighter jets, announced Sunday that it will open a research and development center in Israel in partnership with American IT storage company EMC.”

Full story here: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4481117,00.html

 

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MLK Day 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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What Kind of Friend are You? Building Relationships That Last.

Re-post from http://www.lautmandc.com/Resources/News/Enews_Articles

By: Amy SukolLautman-Maska-Neill-Company-home

The world lost a noted philanthropist over the holidays with the death of Robert Wilson, who in his lifetime gave over $500 million to various charities. And while we generally don’t use this space to comment on the giving habits of individual philanthropists, there was an interesting fact in his obituary that we felt was worth some discussion.

World Monuments Fund, an organization dedicated to preserving architectural and cultural heritage sites worldwide, was a significant beneficiary of Mr. Wilson’s generosity. At the height of his support, Wilson gave a $100 million matching fund grant to the organization which ultimately generated $300 million in support for the organization.

According to The Washington Post article, Mr. Wilson’s relationship with World Monuments Fund began when he received a “direct-mail appeal from the group seeking donations of $25 or more.” According to Bonnie Burnham, the president of the organization, he responded with a check for $5,000.

It goes without saying that Mr. Wilson wasn’t the typical direct response donor. Nonetheless, it is clear that the team at World Monuments Fund did a lot of things right in order to parlay a $5,000 gift into millions of dollars of support.

And that is worth thinking about.

Because the only way to make the most of your direct response program is to think about how to build a deeper relationship with a person that you have never met.

I’ll be the first to say that this is not an easy task. But my own recent experience as a donor demonstrates how important it is that we try.

As I spent time over the holidays planning my own year-end giving, I looked back at the groups I had given to last year. I was astounded to note that my relationship with many of these groups hadn’t really progressed at all. In fact, it was unclear to me whether my gift made any difference to them at all. And for that reason, some of those groups were going to be replaced this year.

I wonder how many donors have that same experience, and if that is why so many groups struggle to hang on to their donors.

So I’d like to suggest that now is a perfect time to think about the relationships we are building with our direct response donors – and to make some New Year’s resolutions about the type of friendships we want to build. Here are a few thoughts:

  1. Be the kind of friend who says “thank you” when you receive a gift.
  2. Be the kind of friend who keeps in touch with good news and accomplishments.
  3. Most of all, be the kind of friend who realizes that great relationships are built when each party thinks about the other more than themselves.

If we can turn these resolutions into strategies, then 2014 will probably be a much better year for our organizations and our donors.

- See more at: http://www.lautmandc.com/Resources/News/Enews_Articles

The world lost a noted philanthropist over the holidays with the death of Robert Wilson, who in his lifetime gave over $500 million to various charities. And while we generally don’t use this space to comment on the giving habits of individual philanthropists, there was an interesting fact in his obituary that we felt was worth some discussion.

World Monuments Fund, an organization dedicated to preserving architectural and cultural heritage sites worldwide, was a significant beneficiary of Mr. Wilson’s generosity. At the height of his support, Wilson gave a $100 million matching fund grant to the organization which ultimately generated $300 million in support for the organization.

According to The Washington Post article, Mr. Wilson’s relationship with World Monuments Fund began when he received a “direct-mail appeal from the group seeking donations of $25 or more.” According to Bonnie Burnham, the president of the organization, he responded with a check for $5,000.

It goes without saying that Mr. Wilson wasn’t the typical direct response donor. Nonetheless, it is clear that the team at World Monuments Fund did a lot of things right in order to parlay a $5,000 gift into millions of dollars of support.

And that is worth thinking about.

Because the only way to make the most of your direct response program is to think about how to build a deeper relationship with a person that you have never met.

I’ll be the first to say that this is not an easy task. But my own recent experience as a donor demonstrates how important it is that we try.

As I spent time over the holidays planning my own year-end giving, I looked back at the groups I had given to last year. I was astounded to note that my relationship with many of these groups hadn’t really progressed at all. In fact, it was unclear to me whether my gift made any difference to them at all. And for that reason, some of those groups were going to be replaced this year.

I wonder how many donors have that same experience, and if that is why so many groups struggle to hang on to their donors.

So I’d like to suggest that now is a perfect time to think about the relationships we are building with our direct response donors – and to make some New Year’s resolutions about the type of friendships we want to build. Here are a few thoughts:

  1. Be the kind of friend who says “thank you” when you receive a gift.
  2. Be the kind of friend who keeps in touch with good news and accomplishments.
  3. Most of all, be the kind of friend who realizes that great relationships are built when each party thinks about the other more than themselves.

If we can turn these resolutions into strategies, then 2014 will probably be a much better year for our organizations and our donors.

- See more at: http://www.lautmandc.com/Resources/News/Enews_Articles#sthash.sWp9xiHt.dpuf

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Congratulations to Yoav Kaufman Our VP of Online Media

We want to congratulate Yoav Kaufman our VP of Online Media on his recent achievement of becoming a DMA Certified Marketing Professional, or DCMP for short.dma-certified

Yoav took 17 modules over 5 months time and passed his final assessment to reach his goal of becoming certified.

You can find out more about this and other DMA Education courses that are offered here: http://dmaeducation.org/

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The Top Philanthropy Gift of 2013

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg makes 2013′s top donation with a gift of 18 million shares of Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The gift was valued at more than $990 million.

2013 was also the very first year the top gift in the nation was made by someone under 30 years of age.

Nike’s Phil Knight also gave a $500 million donation to the Oregon Health and Sciences University for cancer research for spot #2. That gift is conditional on the University coming up with matching funds.

 

 

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Happy Holidays From All of us at Negev Direct Marketing

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Jewish Donor Blog’s 600th Blog Post!

 

 

 

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This is the Jewish Donor Blog’s 600th blog post!

We’ve been blogging for just under 6 years now.

Thank you for your continued support.

We’d love to hear from you!

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Three Brand New List Updates: ZOA, Lilith and NCJW

ZOA now has 37,298 names available for rental or exchange. Rental pricing is $105/M.

Lilith Magazine Subscribers now has 22,050 names for rental or exchange. Rental pricing is $115/M.

National Council of Jewish Women has 11,791 names for rental and or exchange. Rental pricing is $105/M.

Visit negevdirect.com to see all the Jewish lists available on the market today.

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The Black Miracle: A Hanukkah/Thanksgiving Poetry Slam – Hanukkah 2013

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Chag Chanukah Samayach & Happy Chanukah From Negev Direct Marketing

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