(originally published in the Arizona Jewish Post on November 7,2014)

When we were little, my friends and I put our coins in a pushke, a little metal box with a slit in the top to raise funds for the Jewish National Fund. I remember thinking that I was personally helping to plant trees in Israel. It filled me with pride. Would the trees have my name on it? Would there be a plaque?

The world of philanthropy has evolved in many ways and we now have strategic and tax-advantageous ways to make contributions to worthy causes. It really can get overwhelming.

One of the challenges in working for the Jewish Community Foundation is language. We use so many different phrases for the same thing, it is no wonder that there is confusion. Read more