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The Jewish Journal explains via Twitter ( retweeted on my account @NegrinRenato ) how three Jewish organization on the West Coast will be able to grow, prosper, and unify with the targeted grant programs.
An insightful argument from Twitter on why supporting nonprofits now could be more important than ever!
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The Buzzfeed article, which could be found here, cites my commentary on why we should change our perspective about solicitors. Here's a brief excerpt from the piece;
"Renato Negrin argues that smaller charities who typically solicit philanthropists for donations are better to donate to. In his blog, Renato Negrin explains,' Smaller charities are leaner, hungrier, and more responsible. Executive salaries are typically smaller and expenditures are much more targeted. A soliciting initiative is an indicator of a charity that’s in urgent need of funding and its worth looking into the reasons behind their urgency and persistence. Sometimes, a crisis can unfold in a certain area which pushes the charities associated with that field to launch solicitation campaigns. In those cases, your dollars can go a lot further and make a more substantial impact. That’s why I’ll take the time to look into solicitation emails.'"
Very excited to announce that Inside Philanthropy has published a biography page on Siu and myself that, among other things, introduces us to the thriving philanthropy community that IP has fostered and includes details about my background and most active causes.
On Monday, President Trump signed a new executive order blocking citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraq was one country notably missing from this new order. The order also bans all refugees from entering America for a period of 120 days.
The Reform movement slammed the executive order, calling it “discriminatory and unjust.”
“The Jewish community – like all Americans whose ancestors arrived as refugees and immigrants – was given opportunities to access education, join the workforce, and contribute to their communities and their country. Let us not now allow fear to overwhelm our nation’s capacity for compassion,” Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religion Action Center, said on behalf of the movement in a statement.
The Anti-Defamation League “strongly condemned” the order, calling it “an appeal to xenophobia and fear.”
“While some of the initial executive order has been revised, the message is the same: that Muslims and refugees who are fleeing for their lives are not welcome on our shores,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the ADL’s national director.
HIAS, a refugee resettlement agency formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, urged Jews to fight back against the order.
“We will resist all attempts to vilify refugees,” the group wrote on Twitter. “The U.S. Jewish community owes its very existence to a tradition of welcoming refugees.”
The National Council of Jewish Women called Trump’s order “merely a renewed Muslim ban,” and its CEO, Nancy Kaufman, said it was “simply a way to codify xenophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry.”
“As Jews we are taught va’ahavtem et ha-ger — as we were once strangers, so must we love the stranger. It’s imperative that we continue to open our communities to those fleeing violence and/or seeking better lives in the United States,” Kaufman said in a statement.
The CEO of social justice group Bend the Arc Jewish Action said, “This is not about national security — he is targeting Muslims, immigrants and refugees purely out of spite and fear, but national security experts agree that his action today will not keep us safer."
In an incredible display of Jewish solidarity with the principles of tolerance and peace for all, members of the Jewish community in Florida banded together to show support for a local mosque that fell victim to a sporadic arson attack. On Feburary 24, a community mosque called the Islamic Society of New Tampa suffered significant damage after being torched by arsonists in what seems to have clearly been a hate crime. Mosque leader Adeel Karim said he first noticed something was odd when the Mosque's crowd funding page started receiving a noticeable spike of donations in uncommon sums - instead of the typical donation amounts of multiples of 5 (like the recommended $25, $50, $75, $100 donation suggestions), Karim noticed that most donations followed the pattern of $18, $36, $72, and $90. After taking a deeper look and seeing that these donations were coming from family names like Avi, Cohen, Goldstein, and Rubin, Karim said it came by surprise to him that his mosque was benefiting from the Jewish practice of donating in multiples of 18 as a form of Chai - which wishes the recipient a long life. Chai is a Hebrew symbol that represents both life and the numerical value of eighteen. Fundraising efforts subsequently exceeded the $40,000 goal and ultimately reached $65,000.
The Jewish community is no stranger to hate crimes, especially after the recent wave of antisemitic incidents that includes the toppling of more than 100 headstones in a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery. Following this incident, members of the Muslim community traveled from other states to help repair the headstones in a show of interfaith solidarity. At a time of heightened conflict and political turmoil, acts of solidarity and commitment to the principles of helping your neighbors and those less fortunate become increasingly important. I urge others to look at this example from Florida as a model for how they can donate in the denomination of Chai to show the impact that Jewish teachings can have on those around us and to represent the good deeds of the Jewish community.
A recent article in Blogher titled "How Individuals are using the Power of Philanthropy to Develop Closer Communities" features my commentary on how philanthropic giving and charity can be used to combat community fragmentation. More specifically, I talk about how the type of giving in the Jewish community can be seen as a model for communities of all types to strengthen their unity and impact.
University of Cambridge researcher and social psychologist Dr. Sander van der Linden has published a recent report in the journal Nature Human Behaviour that attempts to outline the psychological factors that underpin the recently wave of "viral altruism" that we've all seen in out social media feeds. Campaigns like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the once popular KONY campaign have seemingly risen as fast as the fell back in anonymity.
These psychological factors include the influence of social norms, particularly the nature desire to join a social consensus and the appeal of conforming to prosocial behaviour (such as appearing charitable), having a clear ethical incentive to act, and the appetite for a 'warm glow': the positive emotional benefit derived from feeling compassionate.
The most important yet hardest to achieve factor is what Dr. Sander van der Linden calls 'translational impact': the conversion of a digital gesture of support, or 'clicktivism', into tangible contributions, whether they be financial donations or going beyond the call to action to raise funds and awareness from others.
Despite the fact that we're coming closer to understanding a 'formula' or 'recipe' for orchestrating viral charity campaigns, the irrefutable positive impact that these trends have is counterbalanced by their extremely short life span. Van der Linden found that the Ice Bucket Challenge was one such example that was high in popularity but extremely short in duration. Online interest and donations reverted to pre-viral levels in a matter of a few weeks. Van der Linden also found that the engagement was superficial - with about 25% of participants not mentioning the ALS charity in their Ice Bucket Challenge videos and only 1 in 5 even mentioning donation to a cause.
Although the money raised from these viral campaigns is undoubtedly an incredible opportunity for the charities that can pull it off, people should be wary of the extremely temporary engagement they have with these trends. Rather than fostering a sporadic and impulsive donation habit, you should consider engaging in a more consistent and longer-term donation pattern, like allocating a small percentage of your income to a charity budget that allows you to have a more sustained impact over time.
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As a world traveler, Renato has developed a truly globalized perspective. Him and his wife Siu care deeply about issue that affect people around the world and want to focus on contributing to organizations that can drive positive change.