Members of the AJF network have recently returned from a very inspiring and jam packed study tour exploring social innovation, philanthropy and Jewish life in San Francisco and the Bay Area of California.
Featuring a visit to Urban Adamah, a workshop with Jewish Studio Project and meetings with the Jewish Community Relations Council and Upstart as well as many other innovative organisations provided incredible insights. Dinner at Moishe House Nob Hill and an evening with members of the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Community expanded our networks and understandings of how young people are engaging in Jewish life. We met with many game-changing philanthropic leaders including Laura Lauder, Barry Finestone, CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation and Jennifer and Tony Smorgon. Our minds and hearts were open to new ideas and ways of enhancing our giving and community building.
The week culminated in a tour of the Facebook Campus and a visit to the spectacular Stanford University, meeting with the Stanford School of Philanthropy. To view the full Study Tour program, click here.
Following the study tour, members participated in the 2019 Jewish Funders Network International Conference which provided further opportunities to strengthen connections and relationships with US and Israeli donors as well as gain new tools for strategic, effective giving.