Covid Was Not a Crash Diet: What Funders Need to Do in the Next Phase

A message for the National Day of Philanthropy by JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny

This National Day of Philanthropy finds us, the Jewish philanthropic community, at an inflection point in our response to Covid. It seems to me that this yearly commemoration coincides with a time in which the “first phase” of our response to Covid needs to give way to a “second phase”; a longer and different game than the one we’ve been playing during the first nine months of this crisis.

As in dieting, our initial actions achieved results: The philanthropic community stepped up. Jewish communal institutions didn’t collapse as many had feared. There was no domino effect of closures and most – if not almost all – Jewish organizations are still standing. Covid, in the diet metaphor, was the dreaded call from the doctor, the scary prognosis that prompted us into action.