National Study of American Jewish Giving
In partnership with preeminent researchers and thought leaders with deep expertise within—and more importantly, beyond—the Jewish community, the 2012 National Study of American Jewish Giving will provide the first-ever community-wide portrait of the charitable behaviors of American Jews. Guided by a collaborative group of funder-stakeholders and led by an expert research team with extensive experience with philanthropy both within and beyond the Jewish context, we will conduct a national study of American Jewish giving that provides comprehensive, reliable information about Jewish giving.
The core of the project is a nationally representative quantitative survey and associated qualitative focus groups (with Jewish donors to Jewish causes, Jewish donors to non-Jewish causes, professional philanthropic advisors, professional fundraisers, and others). A simultaneous ethnographic field-based project will explore how Jews talk about charitable giving and how Jewish organizations ask for financial support.
Data collection for the study will occur in fall and winter of 2012, with a release of a report scheduled for early spring 2013.
- Dr. Sarah Benor, Associate Professor, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
- The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University:
- Dr. Una Osili, Director of Research
- Dr. Debra Mesch, Director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute
- Dr. Mark O. Wilhelm, Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies
- Dr. Steven M. Cohen, Director, Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner
- Dr. Evelyn Dean-Olmsted, Instructor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- Dr. Ayala Fader, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University