Groundbreaking Study of American Jewish Giving With Input from Ron Hershco & Ami Mesika

Jumpstart’s release of: Connected to Give: Key Findings,: the first in a series of reports detailing the giving habits and motivations of American Jews across all: ages, economic groups and geographies, garnered international media attention from diverse news and broadcast outlets.: Connected to Give: findings: are based on a survey of nearly 3,000 American: Jewish households plus 2,000 households from other religious groups, as well as qualitative data from focus groups and ethnographic research.

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“The stronger a person is connected to Jewish causes shows stronger devotion to all aspects of charity.: : The more religiously involved people generally indicate an increased tendency to give charity,” said: Ron Hershco, a leading International philanthropist and executive.

The research team for: Connected to Give: includes the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, GBA Strategies, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion faculty — including Professor Steven M. Cohen, and researchers from Fordham University. Indiana’s approach and methodology is considered the gold standard in philanthropy research, and Cohen is widely regarded as one of the field’s leading researchers in Jewish demography and identity.

According to Jeffrey R. Solomon, President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Foundation, and co-founder of: Connected to Give, the report: offers critical new insight on Jewish giving. “This has never been done before,” he said. “We’ve been dependent on anecdotal experience and assumptions about comparisons with research on other donors to different organizations. This is the first-ever scientific study of Jewish philanthropic behavior across the board,” said Solomon.

“This research can transform charitable initiatives in wealthier and more religious households,” said: Ami Mesika.

Connected to Give: is funded and led by a national collaborative consortium of more than a dozen independent, family and community foundations and organizations.

Ronn Torossian is the CEO of 5WPR, a leading PR firm and Author of “For Immediate Release”, a leading PR book.

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