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WETA in DC is looking for a data-geek to join their team

WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in DC is looking for a data-geek to join their team. If you’re interested/know someone DM me.


Manager, Data Strategy & Management (DSM): WETA, Washington DC’s leading public broadcasting station, is looking for an all-star fundraising database manager. Experienced in working with fundraising database(s), the Manager will partner closely with WETA’s fundraising teams to understanimagesd and solve their data challenges and meet their data needs.
The successful Manager of DSM is a whiz at extracting and analyzing data from complex relational databases, writing queries using Oracle PL /SQL 12, and working with non-technical staff to resolve data irregularities.
Send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to or visit our website at for the full job description and on-line application. To confirm that a WETA or PBS NewsHour job posting is under recruitment, please visit our websites for our current job postings list: and
WETA is an Equal Opportunity Employer D/M/F/V.

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 and

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:

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:,7340,L-4481117,00.html


World Giving Report 2011 Rankings

The World Giving Report 2011 ranks giving in 153 countries based on three main findings: donations, volunteering and helping strangers.
Notable rankings: USA ranks # 1 & Israel ranks # 38


Where Do You Give?

A really neat new tzedakah design contest put on by AJWS. What does tzedakah look like? Where do you give? To whom and why?

Salaries of U.S. Jewish Communal Leaders

The Forward has just published it’s Annual Salary Survey covering 76 top Jewish communal organizations.

Most revealing,  and it’s searchable.

It’s worthwhile to check and see how much of your hard-earned contributions went to pay someone’s inflated salary.

Or not.

You can be the judge.


Let Us Give Thanks

It’s almost Thanksgiving, but Israel is number one.
In turkey consumption.
For years, Israel has led the world in per-capita consumption of turkey meat. The contest hasn’t even been close.
Israelis consume an average of more than 20 kg. of turkey meat per year, the next-highest consumers, Americans, eat just under 8 kg. per person. The same goes for turkey as a percentage of poultry consumed: In Israel, the figure is more than 20 percent, while in the US that figure stands at roughly 15%, and in Europe it is only about 5%.
Enjoy the Holiday!
          We Eat Turkey Shwarma                                                                                                                                        You Eat Roast Turkey

Siegel Marketing Opens Jerusalem Call Center

Siegel Marketing Group (SMG) has announced the opening of its Israel call center.  Mikki Dorn, formerly of Green Point Call Center Services, has joined SMG to manage its new operations in Jerusalem, as Director of Israel Operations.
SMG has provided integrated telemarketing services to the Jewish and general not-for-profit community for over 21 years.
Our tele-funding clients now have the option of utilizing SMG’s new call center in Jerusalem or continuing to use our long-standing call center in Milwaukee.  Charitable organizations can be proud to support Israel while raising funds for their community.

Chris Paradysz – PM Digital – Top Entrepreneurs | Crain’s New York Business

Chris Paradysz – PM Digital – Top Entrepreneurs | Crain’s New York Business

Paradyz Matera makes Crain’s NY 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

Direct mail is expected to grow 5.8% to 47.8 billion in 2011

Repost from the blog.

Original blog post here by clicking here.

“As reported in DM News, Bruce Biegel of the Winterberry Group gave the Direct Marketing Club of New York a recap of 2010 and his forecast for 2011 for direct and digital advertising spending.”

“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

Israel Confirms Major Gas Find

Good news for the new year, and well into the 21st century.

Israel is on the cusp of becoming an energy exporter.

Read about it here from the NY Times.

Even with the usual NYT negative spin, it’s pretty exciting news.


The Most Charitable Cities in the United States

“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.”

Link to full article from The Daily Beast – Most Charitable Cities

1. Seattle
2. San Francisco
3. Kansas City
4. Atlanta
5. Dallas
6. Minneapolis-St. Paul
7. Portland
8. Washington
9. Houston
10. Denver
11. Los Angeles
12. Philadelphia
13. Detroit
14. New York
15. St. Louis
16. Pittsburgh
17. Chicago
18. Cincinnati
19. Boston
20. San Diego
21. Cleveland
22. Phoenix
23. Miami
24. Milwaukee
25. Tampa-St. Petersburg

“Religious Groups Fared Better Than Other Charities in Recession”

Image by Jerise Fogel,
Repost of an article by Holly Hall appearing in yesterdays online version of The Chronicle of Philanthropy

“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.”

AJC, Not to be Confused With the Other AJC, Closes Shop For Now.

The AJCongress appears ready to shut it’s doors.

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.

From today’s

The Number of Israeli Millionaires Increased by 43 Percent Last Year

“Israel is third in the world in relative growth rate after India, Hong Kong; Meryll Lynch defines millionaire as someone with at least $1 million liquid assets.”

“While the global financial crisis led to a 17 percent rise in the number of millionaires in the world in 2009, the number of Israeli millionaires increased by a whopping 43 percent last year, business consultant firm Capgemini and Merrill Lynch financial management advisory firm announced Tuesday.”
“During 2009 there were over 10 million millionaires throughout the world, holding together assets worth over $39 billion, while in Israel there were 8,419 millionaires.”
Will this type of economic growth spur higher $’s per gift in the Israeli non-profit sector?  I sure hope so as another recent Ha’aretz study points out that “Israelis don’t donate” .I don’t happen to agree with the statement that Israeli’s don’t donate.  I know far too many generous Israeli’s who give consistently to make that deduction.

That Israeli’s don’t give as much as Americans is up for debate in my book and that’s why I say I’m really hoping that this newly created wealth will lead to higher donation levels to Israeli non-profits by Israelis.
It’d make everyone feel like a million bucks!

“Eli Broad Pledges Majority of Fortune to Charity”

“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.”

“In announcing the pledges, Broad joined two of America’s wealthiest philanthropists, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, in their so-called “The Giving Pledge,” which urges wealthy Americans to donate at least half their fortunes to charitable causes.”
“Born into a “liberal Jewish household” of Lithuanian immigrants in New York City, Broad, now 77, moved to Los Angeles in 1961, making an initial fortune as mass homebuilder, and a second through the giant financial services company SunAmerica.”
Full article here:

Inside Peek: UW Hillel – The Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life

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!

Tips on Marketing your Products and Earning a Profit in a Tough Economic Climate

“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 and ; The European Jewish Congress and its President Moshe Kantor.

Where’s the Love In Giving? The Dalai Lama Wants to Know.

I was flipping through the University of Oregon’s Spring issue of Cascade magazine today and I found an article that I want to share with our readers.

The article by Marc Dadigan is called “Dalai Lama to Ask Bill Harbaugh: Where is the Love (In Economics).

The article looks at one U of O economists theory on why do people choose to donate.
Specifically, U of O economist Bill Harbaugh’s recent research focuses on the question “Can pleasure be derived from being charitable”?
So why is the Dalai Lama interested in the research of an economist?
Well, the Dalai Lama sees religion and science as complimentary forces and he happens to be hosting a round table discussion in Zurich called “Compassion in economics” where Bill harbaugh will be a featured speaker.
“The topic of the conference is the role of altruism and compassion in economic systems, a conscious break for the usual emphasis on competition in economics.”
Harbaughs research is a mix of neuroscience and economics.
Harbaugh’s research has found that
“…the notion of charitable giving activates pleasure centers in the brain – but at different levels for different people.”
The levels of love & pleasure can actually be measured and could possibly help us predict whether or not people will actually donate to a cause or not.
The research shows that in some subjects there is no sign of pleasure being received upon giving, but that these people still donate anyway.
Harbaugh says that:

“In some ways you might say that (giving without receiving) is altruism at it truest form…”

That particular notion is especially interesting to the Dalai Lama:

“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.

The Passover Blog

Is Coca Cola Kosher?

Is it Kosher for Passover?
The answer to both questions is yes, thanks to the late Rabbi Tobias Geffen. Born in Kovno Lithuania, he ended up in Atlanta by way of Canton, Ohio; and if you want to read the full story of how Coke became Kosher, here’s a link.
We’re not fans of Coke consumption, although we do indulge in the occasional glass, like a teetotaler who falls off the wagon with a semi-annual drop of Sherry.
But we are big fans of Coke’s marketing. They have set the standard for innovative marketing for well over a century.
And they are still at it.
Our son was in a mall yesterday where the local Coke folk were running a terrific promotion. They snap your picture and a minute later you are handed a free 2-liter bottle of Kosher-For-Passover Coke with your face on the label.
We’re saving that bottle for the Seder.
Think of all the famous Coke advertising slogans that you remember. Here’s the definitive list.
My personal favorite: 1891’s “The Ideal Brain Tonic”. That was really truth in advertising since a single glass of Coke contained 9 milligrams of cocaine until 1893. We have a framed Coke magazine ad in our office from 1941 with the slogan “Work Refreshed“.
Take a look at the photo at the top of this post and you can see the original hand-written Kosher For Passover certification of Rabbi Geffen on the top of a bottle of Coca Cola.
Rabbi Geffen (Full Disclosure: the Rabbi’s grandson is my physician and lives in Beersheva) was willing to go the extra mile to make a popular product available to Kosher-observant Jews and Coca Cola was willing to go to extraordinary lengths to accommodate a group of potential clients.
And that’s what leads to great marketing.
A healthy, happy and Kosher Passover to all.

Reasons to be Cautious Yet Optimistic

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:

Most N.Y., Washington Charities Plan to Hire in 2010, New Surveys Find

Geithner Says Unemployment May Peak in Second Half of 2010

Firms Move Gingerly to Rescind Salary Cuts


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