Jewish funders have, over many generations, built a Jewish nonprofit infrastructure that is considered a model across the United States and beyond. Will this infrastructure be sustained in the coming decades? Research has shown that Jews in the next generation are becoming less interested in formal religious
practice and are distancing themselves from Israel. What does this mean for Jewish philanthropy?
Will the next generation, which is more interested in informal experiences of Jewishness, continue to fund Jewish life? How does coming of age in an American society largely free of barriers to inclusion influence interests and involvements? We know something of the priorities of established major Jewish philanthropists but very little about their children and grandchildren, or about those who have only recently created their own wealth.
This report was written to better understand what kind of philanthropy we can expect from the rising generations of major Jewish donors in Generations X and Y. Do they care about Jewish causes, or are they disinterested in particularistic giving? Will they continue the giving legacies and strategies of their parents and grandparents, or do they want to go in new directions? Have they been welcomed into their families’ philanthropy to perpetuate family legacies, or left out of leadership roles as their parents and grandparents continue to make the majority of family giving decisions?
Based on new analysis of data collected for the Next Gen Donors: Respecting Legacy, Revolutionizing Philanthropy report, this report examines the ways in which these high-capacity, Jewish next gen donors think about and experience philanthropy.