The Weekly Balance Sheet: August 30

A compilation of the great articles that I read and posted to Twitter between August 23 – August 29, 2010.  This week’s categories include: Governance, Strategy & Fundraising; Social Media; Jewish & Israel (Nonprofit) News; and Economy & Finance. Continue reading

The Weekly Balance Sheet: August 23

A list of great articles I’ve read and posted to Twitter between August 16 – August 22, 2010. This week’s topics include: Governance, Strategy & Fundraising; Social Media & Internet; Jewish & Israeli (Nonprofit) News; and Potpourri. Continue reading

The Best Way to Reach Israel’s Registrar of Charities (?)

"Hold All My Calls" by furryscalymanThe phone number is clearly listed on its site, yet no one answers when I call.

It is a complaint I have heard from Israeli nonprofits and one that I recently verified — repeatedly.  So the question remains, how can someone get in touch with Israel’s Registrar of Charities [Rasham Ha’amutot]? Continue reading

The Weekly Balance Sheet: August 16

A list of the great articles I’ve read and tweeted from August 2 – August 15, 2010. This week’s topics include: Governance & Strategy; Trends in Philanthropy; Fundraising; Social Media & Internet; Jewish & Israel (Nonprofit) News; Economics & Finance; and Potpourri.

This week’s a doozy — a double because I didn’t post last week.  My parents, whom I only see four times a year, were visiting me from 6,000 miles away.  More family time, less blogging. Continue reading

Israeli Government Grants: The Broken Promised Land

"Behind Broken Glass" by HzopakObtaining government funding seems to be every nonprofit’s goal, at least in Israel. I have heard countless lecturers, founders, and foundation representatives preach the Darwinian virtues of incorporating government grants into an Israeli charity’s fundraising strategy; after all, the nonprofit is servicing the Israeli public. It is to the Government’s benefit – if not its outright duty – to ensure that this charity’s program continues to exist

Not bad on paper. In practice, however, these Israeli government grants can sometimes be more trouble than they are worth.

For the purpose of this post, as a banker I would like to restrict my focus on the budgetary challenges associated with these grants.  Specifically, the two disadvantages that arise because grant monies are dispersed only after expenses are incurred. Continue reading

The Weekly Balance Sheet: August 2

A list of the great articles I’ve read and posted to Twitter from July 26 – August 1, 2010.  This weeks topics include: Governance & Strategy; Fundraising; Social Media & Internet; Israel Economics & Finance; and Personal Finance. Continue reading