Strategic compassion: Infusing ‘Hineni’ into the heart of Jewish philanthropy

eJewish Philanthropy

April 10, 2024

During a recent call with a dedicated member of our local Jewish community, he ended the conversation with a poignant request — one which admittedly strayed from our foundation’s Jewish giving strategy: “Basically what I am saying is that I’m hoping this will tug at your heartstrings enough,” he said. Urging an emotional response that would lead to a favorable decision about considering funding for his project, his words left me thinking about the complex interplay between strategy and compassion in philanthropy.