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JPR launched its new report, Charitable giving among Britain's Jews: Looking to the future, at an event in London attended by a cross-section of British Jewish community leaders and fundraisers.
The event, chaired by Sir Victor Blank and sponsored by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, began with a presentation of the findings by JPR's Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd. He highlighted some of the report's key findings, focusing particularly on the key factors that influence donations from British Jews - notably, their age, the nature of their Jewish identity, and their income.
He concluded by locating the findings in the context of some of the wider trends affecting Jews in Britain - the growing secularisation among the mainstream, and the significant demographic growth among the strictly Orthodox.
Two speakers responded to the report: Kate Goldberg, Chief Executive of the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation; and Paul Stein, Director of Fundraising and Engagement at the mental health charity, MQ. In her comments, Kate Goldberg argued that the trends identified in the report suggested a need for greater collaboration and cooperation between charities in the future, and that new educational methods may be required to encourage the less religious and less engaged to continue to give to Jewish charities.
Paul Stein responded by suggesting that Jewish charities may need to adapt their messaging to be less parochial, and called on them to work harder to develop long-term relationships with donors. He further argued that the term 'donor' is misplaced; as in the business world, contributors to charities should be seen as 'investors.'
JPR's Chairman, Stephen Moss, closed the event by explaining how the data held by JPR can be used to help Jewish charities to sharpen and develop their fundraising strategies, and invited charity fundraisers and Board members to get in touch to discuss details.
He also thanked the various organisations that helped to sponsor the National Jewish Community Survey, and particularly Pears Foundation, without whose support the survey would not have been possible.
To read the report in full click here, or, for a quick summary, see: 7 facts about Jewish patterns of charitable giving