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.”
“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
Paradyz Matera makes Crain’s NY business.com top entrepreneur list of 2010.
PM is a company we are proud to have been working with for some time now and we wish Chris all the success that he deserves.ry
“Some highlights from 2010”:
- Direct / Digital ad spending was up 2.7% in 2010 vs. 2009 to $154.4 billion
- Digital was $27.7 billion in 2010 comprising 18% of total
- Online display spending grew 10.7% year over year“Highlights looking forward to 2011”:
- Direct / Digital ad spending predicted to be up 6.2% in 2011 vs. 2010 to $163.9 billion
- Direct mail is expected to grow 5.8% to 47.8 billion – direct mail “still really works well for acquisition because it’s easier to target [than other channels].”
- Digital as an acquisition tool is still finding its way
“While PlayStations fill holiday gift lists, ’tis also the season for giving to the less fortunate. From donations to volunteerism, The Daily Beast ranks the cities with the biggest hearts.”
2. San Francisco
3. Kansas City
6. Minneapolis-St. Paul
11. Los Angeles
14. New York
15. St. Louis
20. San Diego
25. Tampa-St. Petersburg
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“As many charities suffered a decline of 10 percent or more in annual giving, donations to religious organizations fared relatively well from 2007 to 2009, according to a new studyreleased on Tuesday by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.”
“Charitable contributions declined by just 0.1 percent among 1,148 religious organizations whose financial statements were examined by the council. Sharper decreases have been found in other surveys: For example, the total raised by the Philanthropy 400, the nation’s largest charities, fell by 11 percent last year alone. All told, religious organizations in the study—which make up some 80 percent of the council’s members—raised $12.10-billion last year, down from $12.11-billion in 2007 before the recession hit.”
Big Charities Did Best
“Large religious organizations, with revenues that exceed $10-million a year, did better than smaller groups: Their contributions increased by 1.4 percent from 2007 to 2009. Religious charities with smaller budgets saw a 6.9-percent decline in giving.”
“Comparing the findings to other surveys that have found bigger recession-related drops in giving, council officials said that their study underscores the commitment of Christian donors during hard times.”
“The council found the largest increases in contributions among 62 religious organizations that serve children. From 2007 to 2009, giving to 11 groups that seek child sponsors who make monthly gifts to help needy youths rose by 26 percent. Thirteen other charities that care for orphans reported a 12-percent increase, and 14 charities that provide adoption services saw donations rise by 9 percent. Twenty-four children’s homes in the study reported a 6-percent increase.”
Due to hefty financial losses from the Madoff scandal and other factors including the lack of a broad donor base and no real clear name recognition in similar manner to Bnai Brith Youth Organization and B’nai B’rith, The AJCongress has experienced some tough times as of late.
The AJCongress has been around for a while, 92 years to be exact, so I anticipate that they won’t just close up shop but rather look for a merger with another Jewish organization. AJCommittee’s name has been floated around as a good possible merger candidate.
Stay tuned as I’m sure we’ll have more news in the next few weeks as to the fate of the AJCongress.
“Eli Broad is Los Angeles’ biggest philanthropist, who has given away over $2 billion, but he and his wife Edythe pledged on June 16 to do even better in the future by distributing 75 percent of their total wealth, currently standing at $5.7 billion, “during and/or after our lifetimes.”
One of the Jewish non-profits we work with in direct mail fundraising just built a fantastic new building on the campus of University of Madison, Wisconsin.
This is a short video that highlights the design features of the new building while talking about its functionality as well.
I just wish my University had such an amazing Hillel back in the days when I was in college!
“Jonathan Levav is an Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School. He has authored numerous articles published in trade journals, focusing on consumer culture and market research. His areas of expertise lie in: Consumer Behavior, Consumer Debt / Credit Cards, Consumer Savings Behavior and Consumer Spending.”
“How do you market your products in a global economic crisis? Professor Jonathan Levav analyzes the consumer fear that grips the market place and fuels lower sales, creating a cycle of downturn. Levav keys us into some tips and tricks of the trade in trying to market your products and earn a profit in a tough climate.”
A Production of http://www.leadel.net and http://www.eurojewcong.org ; The European Jewish Congress and its President Moshe Kantor.
“…the notion of charitable giving activates pleasure centers in the brain – but at different levels for different people.”
“In some ways you might say that (giving without receiving) is altruism at it truest form…”
“What mattes more – your actions or your intent.”
Why did you give your latest donation? Was out of obligation? were you supporting a cause that is important to you? Were you giving because you feel it’s the right thing to do? Let’s hear from our readers about why people give.
More and more of the news I’m reading about the economy is positive for the first time in a while.
Non-profits are slowly but surely beginning to hire staff again. We are also seeing more Jewish orgs get back to where they were three or so years ago in terms of fundraising acquisition.
(The economic recovery formula?–>>>)
Less doom and gloom and more reasons not to loose your cool.
If more non-profits had just cut back instead of cut out their fundraising efforts they might not be looking at such a steep hill to climb in order to get back to where they were, but hey, it’s always easier to run with the herd.
We’re not out of the woods yet, especially with the still higher that usual U.S. unemployment numbers, but for the first time in a while the picture looks just a little but brighter… if you know where to look.
Here are some links: