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URJ Online Learning Series on Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

Raising money is a fact of congregational life, but many congregations are finding that the tried and true practices that worked for generations no longer resonate with today’s synagogue members. What are the best principles of development for relevant and innovative congregations? How can you transform your transactional fundraising into a relationship-based culture of philanthropy?

Join us for the URJ Online Learning Series on Creating a Culture of Philanthropy. Rabbi Lou Feldstein, founder and CEO of Dynamic Change Solutions, will lead an exploration of development for congregations. He will draw on best principles from across the non-profit world and on his decades of experience guiding congregational leaders toward developing a philanthropic mindset.

The URJ Online Learning Series on Creating a Culture of Philanthropy includes the following sessions:

  1. Philanthropic Partnerships- This session delves into how philanthropy plays a key role in a congregation’s relational engagement strategy and how to move donors through the recruitment-engagement-retention process. It also provides best principles for appreciation and acknowledgement of donors. Listen to the recording of this session in The Tent.
  2. Volunteer Engagement- This session looks at what role the board should play, how to overcome reticence and train volunteers to “make the ask,” and how to track and effectively use giving-related data. Listen to the recording of this session in The Tent.
  3. Planned Giving- This session delineates the major steps of endowment and legacy campaigns. It is designed for leaders of congregations that have not yet started a campaign, have just started a campaign, or are struggling to move past launch. Listen to the recording of this session in The Tent.
  4. Raising Annual Funds- This session looks at dues, events, and general and special campaigns as mission-driven opportunities for engagement. Listen to the recording of this session in The Tent.
  5. Review and Reflection- This session will provide a brief overview of the core principles introduced in the previous four sessions in this series, and offer tips for making the most of your philanthropic perspective. Listen to the recording of this session in The Tent.

An additional session in this series is offered especially for members of small congregations:

  1. Special Session for Small Congregations- This session offers best principles for volunteer-driven philanthropy and frames the learning from the first four sessions for the particular needs of congregations with 150 or fewer member units. Listen to the recording of this session in The Tent.

For more information, contact Michael Goldberg.