This article highlights Jewish philanthropic leaders around the United States who, in light of our current cultural and political climate, are evaluating how they can more effectively make an impact on the most critical issues of our time. Some donors are looking to fund rapid response efforts to defend the frontline communities being impacted by budget cuts or bigotry, while others are funding the institutions that underpin American democracy, stimulating civic engagement and meaningful public discourse.
“Philanthropy can’t replace the NEA,” said the foundation’s president, Sharon Alpert, referring to the National Endowment for the Arts. “What philanthropy has always been poised at is creating partnerships with government that demonstrate how important government action and programs are to our lives. We need to engage even more deeply in making that case.”