Frequencies

Results from All Respondents:

In which country/region is your initiative located? 

Answer

Response

%

USA

413

63%

Europe - other than the UK

165

25%

UK

37

6%

Israel

22

3%

Canada

16

2%

Asia & Pacific

5

1%

Middle East & North Africa (other than Israel)

1

0%

Latin America (including Mexico)

1

0%

Australia/New Zealand

0

0%

Total

660

100%

 

In what year was your organization/project/initiative founded?  (If you are responding for a program/initiative that is part of or housed in a larger organization, please enter the year when the program/initiative was founded.)

Answer

Response

%

before 1990

23

4%

1990-1994

26

5%

1995

6

1%

1996

5

1%

1997

11

2%

1998

12

2%

1999

15

3%

2000

24

4%

2001

25

4%

2002

31

5%

2003

25

4%

2004

33

6%

2005

50

9%

2006

57

10%

2007

53

9%

2008

58

10%

2009

92

16%

2010

28

5%

Total

574

100%

 

Results from Qualifying Respondents (autonomous non-commercial initiatives founded in 2000 or later):

 

1. In which country/region is your initiative located? 

Answer

Response

%

Canada

15

4%

USA

349

96%

Total

364

100%

2. In what year was your organization/project/initiative founded?  (If you are responding for a program/initiative that is part of or housed in a larger organization, please enter the year when the program/initiative was founded.)

Answer

Response

%

2000

16

5%

2001

19

6%

2002

22

7%

2003

20

6%

2004

27

8%

2005

33

10%

2006

37

11%

2007

29

9%

2008

40

12%

2009

62

19%

2010

22

7%

Total

327

100%

 

3. In which state or province is your organization/project/initiative headquartered?

Answer

Response

%

Arizona

5

2%

California

59

18%

Colorado

13

4%

District of Columbia

14

4%

Florida

2

1%

Georgia

10

3%

Illinois

17

5%

Louisiana

3

1%

Maryland

10

3%

Massachusetts

30

9%

Michigan

4

1%

Minnesota

1

0%

Mississippi

1

0%

Missouri

4

1%

New Jersey

11

3%

New York

97

30%

Ohio

2

1%

Oregon

2

1%

Pennsylvania

14

4%

Rhode Island

1

0%

Tennessee

2

1%

Texas

3

1%

Virginia

3

1%

Washington

5

2%

 

 

 

Ontario

11

3%

Quebec

2

1%

Total

326

100%

 

4. Where is your organization/project/initiative headquartered?

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

323

 

5. What was your initiative's total operating budget for 2009 (or fiscal year 2008-09)?  If you are responding for a program/initiative that is part of or housed in a larger organization, please enter the budget ONLY for that program/initiative.

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

216

 

6. What was your initiative's total operating budget for 2009 (or fiscal year 2008-09), in Canadian dollars?  If you are responding for a program/initiative that is part of or housed in a larger organization, please enter the budget ONLY for that program/initiative.

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

8

 

7. Please estimate your initiative's total operating budget for its first full year of operations. If you are responding for a program/initiative that is part of or housed in a larger organization, please enter the budget ONLY for that program/initiative.

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

81

 

8. Please estimate your initiative's total operating budget for its first full year of operations, in Canadian dollars.  If you are responding for a program/initiative that is part of or housed in a larger organization, please enter the budget ONLY for that program/initiative.

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

2

 

9. How would you describe your initiative's connection to Judaism, Jewish life, and/or Jewish values?  Please choose the one answer that comes closest to describing your initiative.

Answer

Response

%

Clearly motivated by and committed to Judaism, Jewish life, and/or Jewish values

263

86%

Inspired or informed by them, but not an explicitly "Jewish" initiative

30

10%

Not explicitly Jewish, but actively working in or with Jewish communities

13

4%

No connection

0

0%

Not sure

0

0%

Total

306

100%

 

10. U.S.: Please pick the corporate structure that best describes your organization/project/initiative and how it receives charitable contributions & grants and/or treats revenue.  (If your initiative has a pending tax-exemption application or is in transition from one status to another, please indicate its *current* legal status, not where it's headed.)

Answer

Response

%

Independent entity (corporation, LLC, etc.) with its own 501(c) tax-exempt status REQUIRED to file annual IRS Form 990, 990EZ, 990PF, or 990 postcard

104

35%

Independent entity (corporation, LLC, etc.) with its own 501(c) tax-exempt status NOT REQUIRED to file annual IRS Form 990 (i.e., what the IRS considers a "church")

24

8%

Independent tax-exempt religious corporation without formal 501(c) status

21

7%

Independent entity (corporation, LLC, etc.) with fiscal agent/receiver

18

6%

Hybrid social enterprise (L3C, “B Corporation,†etc.)

1

0%

Independent unincorporated association with neither formal tax status nor fiscal agent

47

16%

Managed project with fiscal sponsor

29

10%

Subsidiary program/initiative (part of a larger organization) WITH autonomous budget & fundraising authority/responsibility

41

14%

Subsidiary but autonomous operating program of a private foundation

3

1%

Other (please specify)

7

2%

Total

295

100%

 

11. Canada: Please pick the corporate structure that best describes your organization/project/initiative and how it receives charitable contributions & grants and/or treats revenue.  (If your initiative has a pending application or is in transition from one status to another, please indicate its *current* legal status, not where it's headed.)

Answer

Response

%

Independent registered religious entity

1

10%

Independent non-registered religious entity

0

0%

Independent unincorporated religious association with no official status

0

0%

Legally independent registered charity (not registered as a religious group or a social business)

2

20%

Legally independent entity with separate agent/receiver for receiving charitable contributions & grants

1

10%

Legally independent social business (e.g., Community Interest Company (CIC), Nonprofit Company, etc., not registered as a charity)

1

10%

Independent unregistered group with no official status

1

10%

Autonomous project which receives charitable contributions through a sponsoring institution

2

20%

Subsidiary program/initiative (part of a larger organization) WITH autonomous budget & fundraising authority/responsibility

2

20%

Subsidiary but autonomous operating program of a private foundation

0

0%

Total

10

100%

 

12. Please enter the name of your initiative's fiscal sponsor, fiscal agent, or fiscal receiver, through which it receives charitable contributions & grants.

Answer

Response

%

Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity

5

11%

FJC

6

14%

Community Partners/Jumpstart Project Partnership

1

2%

Foundation for Jewish Culture

2

5%

Hazon

1

2%

Jewish Funds for Justice

2

5%

A non-Jewish fiscal sponsor (Tides, Fractured Atlas, Third Sector New England, etc.: please enter the name of the organization)

5

11%

A local or regional Hillel (please enter the name of the organization)

2

5%

A synagogue or other religious congregation (please enter the name of the organization)

1

2%

A Jewish federation or community center (please enter the name of the organization)

3

7%

Other (please enter the name of the organization)

16

36%

Total

44

100%

 

13. Please enter the name of the organization through which your initiative receives charitable contributions & grants.

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

3

 

14. (Asked of initiatives whose structure suggested that they were religious organizations) Is your initiative a lay-led independent minyan/havurah, a rabbi- or cantor-led congregation, another type of spiritual community/prayer group, or none of the above?

Answer

Response

%

Lay-led independent minyan/havurah

32

18%

Rabbi/cantor-led congregation

18

10%

Other spiritual community/prayer group

8

5%

Coordinating body for a religious movement or denomination

1

1%

None of the above

114

66%

Don't know/not sure

1

1%

Total

174

100%

 

15. Does your initiative officially identify with any of the following religious streams or movements? (Choose all that apply)

Answer

Response

%

Orthodox/Traditional

6

10%

Aish HaTorah

1

2%

Chabad-Lubavitch

1

2%

Conservative (Canada, USA) / Masorti (Europe)

8

14%

Reform (Canada, USA) / Progressive (Europe)

3

5%

Reconstructionist (USA, Czech Republic, Netherlands)

1

2%

Renewal

1

2%

Humanist

1

2%

Post-denominational / Multi-denominational

14

24%

Non-denominational

19

33%

None of the above

15

26%

Other (please specify)

7

12%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

58

 

16. Is your initiative formally affiliated with a national or international network of similarly-named initiatives (e.g. Friendship Circle, Limmud, Moishe House, etc.)?

Answer

Response

%

Yes, as a member or affiliate

31

10%

Yes, as the primary coordinator of the network

7

2%

No

254

85%

Not sure

8

3%

Total

300

100%

 

17. Irrespective of its current form, which of the following statements comes closest to describing the way your initiative FIRST was founded and organized?

Answer

Response

%

A group of volunteers decided to work together on a common project. There were no paid staff/employees at the beginning.

129

43%

A professional founder/CEO (or team of co-founders) initiated the venture first, and then recruited a volunteer board of directors and/or advisory board.

86

29%

A group of volunteers and professional(s) created the initiative together. There was a board and professional staff from the very beginning.

29

10%

A volunteer/lay leader at an established institution independently conceived of the program and persuaded the organization to launch it.

21

7%

Senior professional management at an established institution developed a program idea and then reassigned and/or hired personnel to staff it. The people who created the program did not staff it from the beginning.

12

4%

An existing employee (or team of employees) at an established institution conceived of the program, launched it, and served as the initial leader(s) of the program.

7

2%

Other (please specify):

17

6%

Total

301

100%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

301

 

18. Did any of the people who initially founded your initiative do so with the explicit intention of earning a salary through it?

Answer

Response

%

Yes

94

32%

No

178

61%

Not sure

22

7%

Total

294

100%

 

19. Which of the following categories best corresponds to your initiative's mission & programs (choose one)?   NB: These are official NTEE categories. If your organization is listed on Guidestar.org, then your NTEE category is available in your profile there. Please use "Religion-related" only to describe spiritual communities, inter-religious dialogue programs, etc.

Answer

Response

%

Animal-related

0

0%

Arts, Culture & Humanities

32

11%

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

16

6%

Community Improvement & Capacity Building

14

5%

Crime & Legal-Related

1

0%

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

0

0%

Education

61

21%

Employment

2

1%

Environment

8

3%

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

4

1%

Health Care

1

0%

Housing & Shelter

1

0%

Human Services

2

1%

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

3

1%

Medical Research

0

0%

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

0

0%

Mutual & Membership Benefit

1

0%

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

8

3%

Public & Societal Benefit

7

2%

Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

1

0%

Recreation & Sports

1

0%

Religion-Related

105

36%

Science & Technology

3

1%

Social Science

1

0%

Youth Development

6

2%

Other/Unknown

10

3%

Total

288

100%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

288

 

20. In which areas does your initiative do most of its work (choose up to five)?

Answer

%

20s/30s Engagement/Development

26%

AIDS

0%

Arts & Culture

20%

Building New Collectives/Organizational Forms

6%

Camp/Camping

2%

Children

10%

Christian-Jewish relations

2%

Coexistence/Inter-group Relations/Pluralism

5%

Community-building

31%

Cross-border collaboration/exchange

3%

Disaster/Catastrophe Relief & Recovery

0%

Education (General)

10%

Education (Jewish)

54%

Employment/Vocational Services

2%

Energy

1%

Environment

7%

Family Services

2%

Feminism, Women's Issues

6%

Festivals (including film festivals, music festivals, art festivals, etc.)

1%

Finance, Loans

0%

Food, Nutrition, Agriculture

4%

Gay/Lesbian/LGBT

2%

Gender

1%

Grantmaking

2%

Health, Medicine

1%

Holocaust

1%

Housing, Shelter

1%

Human Rights

2%

Immigration

0%

Infrastructure for Social Entrepreneurship

4%

Interfaith/interreligious

4%

Intermarriage

3%

Israel Advocacy

6%

Israel Education/Engagement

13%

Israeli-Palestinian issues

4%

Jews of Color

2%

Leadership, Leadership Development

15%

Marketing, Communications, Public Relations

2%

Media

4%

Men's Issues

0%

Muslim-Jewish relations

0%

Organizational Development

5%

Other (please specify):

8%

Peacemaking

2%

Philanthropy, Grantmaking

3%

Policy

2%

Poverty

2%

Research

4%

Ritual

26%

Service (including service-learning and/or volunteer service to the needy, whether in one’s home community or elsewhere)

6%

Social Inclusion

5%

Social Justice

17%

Social Services

2%

Special Needs

2%

Spirituality

28%

Sport, Recreation

1%

Technology

4%

Travel

2%

Youth Development

6%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

298

 

21. Does your initiative have a special focus on any of the following as its target audience, primary participants, and/or main beneficiaries? (Mark all that apply.)

Answer

%

Babies/toddlers (0-2)

9%

Preschool/nursery school-aged children (3-5)

12%

Basic/primary school-aged children (5-12)

21%

Teens (12-19)

31%

College/University students (18-25)

36%

Adults in their 20s

64%

Adults in their 30s

61%

Adults in their 40s and 50s

40%

Adults/Seniors 65 and older

25%

Singles

24%

Couples

24%

Parents

20%

Grandparents

11%

Other (please specify):

16%

None of the above

8%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

289

 

22. Is your initiative exclusively or almost exclusively web-based?

Yes

No

Responses

16%

84%

292

 

23. Approximately how many unique visits are there to your website each month?

24. Approximately how many individuals are on your mailing list?

25. Approximately how many individuals made a financial contribution to your initiative in 2009?

26. And approximately how many registered users does your website have? (If you do not register users, please leave this blank)

27. And approximately…

...how many individuals personally attended at least one event/program in 2009?

...how many individuals are part of your core community / regularly participate in your events & programs?

 

28. (Asked of initiatives that coordinate networks) And approximately…

...how many individuals personally attended at least one event/program in 2009 (Please give the number only for your specific initiative, not for your initiative's entire network.)?

...how many individuals are part of your core community / regularly participate in your events & programs? (Please give the number only for your specific initiative, not for your initiative's entire network.)

 

29. In terms of your initiative's programs and services, what proportion of your constituents and/or participants are...   (Please enter percentages as whole numbers that add up to 100.)

Answer

Average Value

...Millennials/Generation Y or younger (early to mid-20s & younger, born 1983-present)?

35%

...Generation Xers (mid-20s to early 40s, born 1965-1982)?

36%

...Baby Boomers (mid-40s to early 60s, born 1946-1964)?

21%

...pre-Boomers or older (mid 60s & older, born before 1946)?

8%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

259

 

30. To the best of your knowledge, approximately what percentage of your constituents, participants, and/or donors... (Please enter percentages as whole numbers that add up to 100.)

Answer

Average Value

... are deeply involved in the organized Jewish community in many ways, in addition to your initiative?

45%

... are moderately involved in the organized Jewish community?

29%

... have no meaningful connection to the organized Jewish community other than through your initiative?

26%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

259

 

31. Where does your initiative interact with its participants and beneficiaries? (Please choose all that apply to specific programs and services offered by your initiative.)

Answer

%

In your city / local community

79%

In your region

40%

Across your country

37%

Cross-border (in neighboring countries)

9%

International / global

21%

Online

42%

Other (please specify):

6%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

289

 

32. Does your initiative have...

Question

Yes

No

Responses

a dedicated presence on Facebook (page, group or profile)?

72%

28%

287

a dedicated presence on Twitter?

39%

61%

285

 

33. How many Facebook friends/fans/followers does your initiative currently have?  (If your initiative has more than one page, group, or profile, please give the number for the one with the largest number of followers.) Click here to open Facebook in a new window.  

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

196

 

34. How many Twitter followers does your initiative currently have? Click here to open Twitter in a new window 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

102

 

35. Did total revenues received by your initiative increase, decrease, or stay about the same during 2009, compared to 2008?

Answer

Response

%

Increased modestly

49

29%

Increased greatly

17

10%

Decreased modestly

25

15%

Decreased greatly

15

9%

Stayed about the same

61

37%

Total

167

100%

 

36. (Asked of initiatives reporting increases) What factors caused total revenues received to decrease? (Select all that apply)

Answer

%

Fewer individuals gave

48%

Gifts from individuals were smaller

55%

Private/independent foundation grants were smaller

53%

Private/independent foundation multi-payment grants were terminated early

5%

Private/independent foundation grants were not renewed

25%

Jewish Federation grants were smaller

13%

Jewish Federation multi-payment grants were terminated early

0%

Jewish Federation grants were not renewed

8%

Corporate gifts were smaller

5%

Corporate multi-payment gifts were terminated early

0%

Corporate gifts were not renewed

0%

Government grants were smaller

0%

Government multi-payment grants were terminated early

0%

Government grants were not renewed

0%

Government contracts were smaller

0%

Government contracts were terminated early

0%

Government contracts were not renewed

0%

Other (please specify):

23%

Don't know

0%

Earned revenue came from fewer sources

15%

Earned revenue decreased overall

13%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

40

 

37. (Asked of initiatives reporting decreases) What factors caused total revenues received to increase? (Select all that apply)

Answer

%

More individuals gave

50%

Gifts from individuals were larger

31%

Private/independent foundation grants were larger

26%

New private/independent foundation grants

42%

Jewish Federation grants were larger

2%

New Jewish Federation grants

6%

Corporate gifts were larger

0%

New corporate gifts

2%

Government grants were larger

0%

New government grants

3%

Government contracts were larger

0%

New government contracts

0%

Other (please specify):

13%

New sources of earned revenue

19%

Earned revenue increased overall

21%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

62

 

38. Compared with 2008, how did overall income from each of the following sources of revenues and/or resources change in 2009? Did it increase, decrease, or stay the same?

Question

Increased greatly

Increased modestly

About the same

Decreased modestly

Decreased greatly

Not applicable/Don't know

Responses

Volunteer labor (non-board, but include administration/office, fundraising, and program volunteers)

9%

23%

38%

4%

0%

26%

167

Pro bono professional services (legal, accounting, consulting, etc.)

8%

11%

40%

2%

1%

38%

166

In-kind contributions (e.g., meals/food, free use of space, etc.)

6%

15%

42%

5%

2%

30%

165

Fees for program services

4%

13%

35%

11%

2%

35%

164

Fees for lectures and appearances by your initiative’s personnel

2%

7%

31%

7%

1%

52%

163

Retail sales of products produced by your initiative

1%

5%

10%

2%

2%

80%

162

Retail sales of other products

2%

0%

12%

0%

1%

86%

163

Investments

0%

2%

9%

2%

2%

86%

162

For-profit business ventures

1%

0%

5%

1%

0%

93%

162

Other unrelated business income (royalties, rental income, sales of assets other than inventory, etc.)

0%

4%

11%

1%

0%

85%

163

 

39. (Asked of Canadian initiatives) Which of the following are your initiative's four (4) most important sources of support?  If your initiative has fewer than four sources of support, please list as many as you have, up to four.  (To compare cash sources with non-cash sources - pro bono services, food, space, etc., - consider what it would have cost to pay for them.)  

Answer

Response

%

Membership Income

1

10%

Individual donations

8

80%

Individual donations (not including bequests)

0

0%

Corporate (non-foundation) grants

2

20%

Corporate sponsorships of events and/or programs

1

10%

Independent foundation general operations grants

0

0%

Independent foundation program grants

1

10%

Official Jewish community general operations grants

3

30%

Official Jewish community program grants

2

20%

Special fundraising events/activities

2

20%

Volunteer labor (non-board, but include administration/office, fundraising, and program volunteers)

5

50%

Pro bono professional services (legal, accounting, consulting, etc.)

1

10%

In-kind contributions (e.g., meals/food, free use of space, etc.)

4

40%

Fees for program services

6

60%

Fees for lectures and appearances by your initiative’s personnel

1

10%

Retail sales of products produced by your initiative

0

0%

Retail sales of other products

0

0%

Investments

0

0%

For-profit business ventures

0

0%

Other unrelated business income (royalties, rental income, sales of assets other than inventory, etc.)

0

0%

Other (please specify):

0

0%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

10

 

40. (Asked of Canadian initiatives) Please rank the four you chose in the previous question.  Click and drag the answer from 1 (most important) to 4 (least important).

Answer

1

2

3

4

Responses

Membership Income

0%

0%

0%

100%

1

Individual donations

43%

57%

0%

0%

7

Corporate (non-foundation) grants

50%

50%

0%

0%

2

Corporate sponsorships of events and/or programs

0%

0%

0%

100%

1

Independent foundation program grants

100%

0%

0%

0%

1

Official Jewish community general operations grants

33%

33%

33%

0%

3

Official Jewish community program grants

50%

50%

0%

0%

2

Special fundraising events/activities

0%

50%

50%

0%

2

Volunteer labor (non-board, but include administration/office, fundraising, and program volunteers)

50%

0%

25%

25%

4

In-kind contributions (e.g., meals/food, free use of space, etc.)

0%

0%

100%

0%

3

Fees for program services

0%

17%

17%

67%

6

Fees for lectures and appearances by your initiative’s personnel

0%

0%

100%

0%

1

Total

9

9

8

7

-

 

41. If you have program service fees, retail sales, investments, for-profit ventures, or other unrelated business income, please describe it here.

Answer

%

Program service fees (e.g., tuition, registration, consulting, other services offered for a fee by your organization)

67%

Fees for lectures and appearances by your initiative’s personnel

50%

Retail sales of products made or produced by your initiative (e.g., publications, CDs, DVDs, other products original to your initiative)

17%

Retail sales of other products, including products acquired for resale

0%

Investments (e.g., securities, funds, money market interest, etc.)

0%

For-profit ventures (e.g., any projects/products generating taxable income)

0%

Other unrelated business income

17%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

6

 

42. How many full-time employees, part-time employees, program-related independent contractors or consultants, and regular volunteers does your initiative currently have?  If your initiative is entirely volunteer-run, please put "0" in each of the first three boxes.

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

288

 

43. (Asked of initiatives reporting decreases) Which, if any, of the following actions, did your initiative take in 2009 or decide to take in 2010? (Please mark all that apply. Please do not speculate on possible actions: mark only those actions your initiative has taken or definitely will take.)

Question

Took this action in 2009

Taking this action in 2010

Responses

Changing your initiative's mission

40%

60%

10

Merging with another organization

100%

0%

2

Temporarily suspending operations

63%

38%

8

Shutting down, closing, or sunsetting your initiative

0%

100%

3

Moving to less expensive offices

83%

17%

6

Sharing office space with another organization/project/initiative

60%

40%

5

Sharing employees with another organization/project/initiative

67%

33%

3

Increasing the use of volunteers in existing functions/roles previously occupied by paid staff

53%

47%

15

Renegotiating or canceling existing office service contracts

100%

0%

3

Outsourcing back office functions

33%

67%

6

Reducing the marketing budget

74%

26%

19

Suspending or canceling programs or services

67%

33%

9

Delaying planned new initiatives

68%

32%

22

Freezing new hires

69%

31%

13

Freezing salaries

72%

28%

18

Freezing benefits

69%

31%

13

Reducing staff hours

67%

33%

18

Reducing fixed salaries

60%

40%

10

Reducing benefits

71%

29%

7

Requiring unpaid leave

60%

40%

5

Reducing administrative staff

75%

25%

16

Reducing program staff

75%

25%

12

Reducing fundraising staff

60%

40%

5

Reducing human resources staff

75%

25%

4

Reducing management staff

80%

20%

5

Other (please specify):

67%

33%

3

None of the above

58%

42%

12

Reducing the scope of programs or services

73%

27%

15

 

44. (Asked of initiatives reporting increases) Which, if any, of the following actions, did your initiative take in 2009 or decide to take in 2010? (Please mark all that apply. Please do not speculate on possible actions: mark only those actions your initiative has taken or definitely will take.)

Question

Took this action in 2009

Taking this action in 2010

Responses

Taking over the assets of another organization or initiative

40%

60%

5

Launching a new joint venture in partnership with another organization or initiative

45%

55%

40

Expanding the scope of existing programs or services

47%

53%

79

Creating & hiring to new paid positions

53%

47%

45

Hiring paid staff into existing functions/roles previously occupied by volunteers

53%

47%

19

Adding new programs or services wholly within your own initiative/organization

47%

53%

62

Upgrading your office space

48%

52%

21

Expanding the marketing budget

36%

64%

22

Expanding the fundraising budget

22%

78%

27

Increasing salaries

43%

57%

28

Expanding benefits

50%

50%

14

Increasing hours of existing staff members

62%

38%

21

Other (please specify):

17%

83%

6

None of the above

50%

50%

8

 

45. (Asked of Canadian initiatives) How would you rate your organization's capacity in each of the following areas?

Question

No capacity/ inadequate level of capacity in place

Basic level of capacity in place

Moderate level of capacity in place

High level of capacity in place

Mission, Vision, Strategic Planning

0%

10%

50%

40%

Human Resources Management (Professional/Paid Staff)

29%

43%

0%

29%

Leadership Development

0%

30%

50%

20%

Financial Management, Planning & Budgeting

22%

22%

44%

11%

Board Recruitment & Development

13%

50%

25%

13%

Legal, Tax & Insurance

50%

13%

13%

25%

Marketing, Communications, & External Relations

0%

20%

40%

40%

Fund Development, Fundraising

25%

25%

38%

13%

Program Planning, Design & Evaluation

0%

10%

20%

70%

Program Implementation & Execution

0%

10%

30%

60%

Additional Comment (optional):

0%

0%

0%

100%

Volunteer Management

10%

60%

20%

10%

 

Statistic

Mission, Vision, Strategic Planning

Human Resources Management (Professional/Paid Staff)

Volunteer Management

Leadership Development

Financial Management, Planning & Budgeting

Board Recruitment & Development

Legal, Tax & Insurance

Marketing, Communications, & External Relations

Fund Development, Fundraising

Program Planning, Design & Evaluation

Program Implementation & Execution

Additional Comment (optional):

Mean

3.30

2.29

2.30

2.90

2.44

2.38

2.13

3.20

2.38

3.60

3.50

4.00

Total Responses

10

7

10

10

9

8

8

10

8

10

10

2

 

46. Is your initiative, its founder(s), or senior leaders, a current or former participant in any of the following programs designed to support new initiatives and new leaders? (Please mark all that apply.)

Answer

Response

%

Ariane de Rothschild Fellows Program

3

1%

AVI CHAI

10

3%

Bikkurim

11

4%

Community Partners / Jumpstart Project Partnership

1

0.3%

Joshua Venture

12

4%

Mechon Hadar Minyan Project

16

5%

Other PresenTense programs (including Fellows Program, FutureTense, etc.)

20

7%

Paideia

1

0.3%

PresenTense Summer Institute

14

5%

Professional Leaders Project

18

6%

REBOOT

10

3%

ROI Summit/ROI Community

29

10%

S3K Jewish Emergent Initiative

12

4%

S3K Next Dor Initiative

5

2%

Six Points Fellowship

2

0.7%

UpStart Bay Area

11

4%

Other social entrepreneurship support programs or fellowships (Jewish and/or general)

18

6%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

120 / 298

 

47. Has your initiative ever been listed in Slingshot?

Answer

Response

%

Yes, more than once

32

11%

Yes, once

14

5%

No/not sure

241

84%

Total

287

100%

 

48. Do you consider yourself to be the founder or leading co-founder of the initiative for which you are taking this survey?

Answer

Response

%

Yes

216

75%

No/not sure

72

25%

Total

288

100%

 

49. Which of the following best describes your role in the initiative for which you are taking this survey?

Answer

Response

%

Executive Director/CEO

181

63%

COO/CFO

0

0%

Program Director

34

12%

Other executive/senior manager

13

5%

Board chair/co-chair

26

9%

Board member (or officer other than chair)

10

3%

Other program staff

5

2%

Other non-program staff (development, finance/accounting, administration)

1

0%

Outside consultant

1

0%

Other volunteer or alumnus/a

17

6%

Total

288

100%

 

50. Prior to taking this survey, were you familiar with the 2008 Survey of New Jewish Initiatives, the Key Findings report,  and/or The Innovation Ecosystem: Emergence of a New Jewish Landscape?

Answer

Response

%

Yes

133

48%

No/not sure

144

52%

Total

277

100%

 

The remainder of the survey was administered only to respondents self-identifying as founders/leading co-founders as well as respondents self-identifying as executive directors/CEOs or board chair/co-chairs/

 

51. Some respondents are founders and/or leaders of more than one new Jewish initiative. Have you already completed this section of the survey for a different initiative?

Answer

Response

%

No/Not sure

249

93%

Yes

20

7%

Total

269

100%

 

52. What year were you born?

Answer

Response

%

1934

1

0%

1935

1

0%

1936

0

0%

1937

0

0%

1938

1

0%

1939

0

0%

1940

1

0%

1941

1

0%

1942

0

0%

1943

2

1%

1944

0

0%

1945

1

0%

1946

3

1%

1947

4

2%

1948

2

1%

1949

2

1%

1950

6

2%

1951

1

0%

1952

6

2%

1953

1

0%

1954

8

3%

1955

5

2%

1956

4

2%

1957

3

1%

1958

3

1%

1959

2

1%

1960

3

1%

1961

5

2%

1962

4

2%

1963

6

2%

1964

7

3%

1965

2

1%

1966

4

2%

1967

7

3%

1968

4

2%

1969

6

2%

1970

9

4%

1971

4

2%

1972

9

4%

1973

12

5%

1974

6

2%

1975

6

2%

1976

12

5%

1977

8

3%

1978

12

5%

1979

8

3%

1980

11

4%

1981

11

4%

1982

7

3%

1983

7

3%

1984

7

3%

1985

3

1%

1986

4

2%

1987

3

1%

1988

4

2%

Total

249

100%

 

53. In which country were you born?

Answer

Response

%

Australia

2

1%

Canada

20

8%

France

1

0%

Iran, Islamic Republic of...

1

0%

Israel

5

2%

Poland

1

0%

Russian Federation

2

1%

South Africa

2

1%

Ukraine

1

0%

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

4

2%

United States of America

210

84%

Total

249

100%

 

54. In which state or province were you born?

Answer

Response

%

Arizona

2

1%

Arkansas

1

0%

California

21

9%

Colorado

2

1%

Connecticut

6

3%

District of Columbia

10

4%

Florida

2

1%

Georgia

3

1%

Hawaii

1

0%

Illinois

14

6%

Iowa

1

0%

Louisiana

1

0%

Maryland

8

3%

Massachusetts

15

7%

Michigan

5

2%

Missouri

4

2%

Nebraska

1

0%

New Jersey

11

5%

New York

60

26%

North Carolina

3

1%

Ohio

10

4%

Oklahoma

1

0%

Oregon

1

0%

Pennsylvania

12

5%

Rhode Island

1

0%

South Carolina

1

0%

Tennessee

2

1%

Texas

4

2%

Vermont

1

0%

Washington

3

1%

Wisconsin

3

1%

 

 

 

Alberta

1

0%

British Columbia

2

1%

Ontario

11

5%

Quebec

6

3%

Total

230

100%

 

55. In terms of your gender, do you identify as ...?

Answer

Response

%

Female

107

43%

Male

141

57%

Transgender or intersex

0

0%

Prefer not to say

1

0%

Total

249

100%

 

56. Which of the following best describes your current sexual orientation?

Answer

Response

%

Heterosexual

232

93%

Gay/Lesbian

8

3%

Bisexual

1

0%

Queer

4

2%

Questioning

0

0%

None of the above

2

1%

Prefer not to say

2

1%

Total

249

100%

 

57. What is your current marital/partnership status?

Answer

Response

%

Never married

63

26%

Married/committed to someone born Jewish

153

62%

Married/committed to someone who converted to Judaism

10

4%

Married/committed to someone non-Jewish

9

4%

Separated

2

1%

Widowed

5

2%

Divorced & not remarried

5

2%

Total

247

100%

 

58. Do you have any children living with you?

Answer

Response

%

No

128

52%

Yes, none age 6 or older

48

19%

Yes, one or more age 6-21

68

28%

Yes, one or more age 22 or older

3

1%

Total

247

100%

 

59. Do you have any of the following degrees or qualifications (mark all that apply but do not mark more than one box to describe a single degree or qualification)?

Answer

%

Rabbinic ordination or smicha

32%

Cantorial investiture

1%

 

 

Certificate in Jewish communal service/ Jewish professional leadership

4%

Certificate in Jewish education

4%

 

 

MA in Jewish education

9%

MA or equivalent in public policy/public administration (MPP/MPA) or other applied social science

9%

MA in education

6%

MA in Jewish communal service/professional leadership

5%

MA in Jewish studies

2%

MSW or other MA in social work

7%

MA or equivalent in any other field

27%

 

 

Doctorate in education

4%

Doctorate in Jewish studies, Jewish education, or a related field

4%

Doctorate in any other field

9%

Postdoctoral qualification

1%

 

 

Medical or dental degree

3%

 

 

Nonprofit MBA or nonprofit management degree

3%

Traditional MBA or other postgraduate business degree

3%

Nonprofit management certificate or other formal license/qualification (e.g., CFRE, etc.)

2%

 

 

Other postgraduate degree or certificate (including those in process)

5%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

192

 

60. Which of the following best describes your employment/student status just before taking a professional staff position at the initiative for which you are responding to this survey?  If more than one could apply, please choose the one that took up most of your time.

Answer

Response

%

Other (please specify):

12

6%

Not employed and not a student

4

2%

Full-time parent/caregiver OR on parental/caregiving leave for more than one year

2

1%

Full-time student

27

13%

Employed without pay in a family business/farm

0

0%

Self-employed in any other type of business or professional practice

22

10%

Self-employed artist, performer, writer

9

4%

Employed in government or at a government agency

4

2%

Employed at a private for-profit company or business, or employed by another individual

24

11%

Employed at a private non-Jewish not-for-profit, tax-exempt, or charitable organization

23

11%

Employed at an established Jewish not-for-profit (organization, synagogue, school, etc.)

78

36%

Employed at another Jewish startup

9

4%

Total

214

100%

 

61. Before you took a professional staff position at the initiative for which you are responding to this survey, did you serve in any of the following roles at this initiative (mark all that apply)?

Answer

%

Board chair/ co-chair

32%

Board member (or officer other than chair)

30%

Member of an advisory board or advisory committee

28%

Volunteer leader of a committee, task force, group, or program

49%

Other volunteer

21%

Program alumnus/a

15%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

53

 

62. What do you believe is the main motivation and/or key experience that led you to found or become a leader of the initiative for which you are taking this survey?

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

251

 

63. In addition to the role you play at the initiative for which you are responding to this survey, are you involved in any other projects, initiatives, or organizations in the following capacities? Please mark all that apply.

Statistic

Founder/cofounder (whether or not you currently are involved, the initial idea was yours)

Investor/funder/venture philanthropist

Member of a formal governing board or leadership group

Member of an advisory board or advisory committee

Volunteer leader of a committee, task force, group, or program

Executive Director/CEO

Other senior staff member/employee

Total Responses

99

28

105

105

92

25

44

 

64. Please fill in the chart below.

Question

Yes, and I post regular updates/tweets at least once per week

Yes, and I post regular updates/tweets less than once per week

Yes, but I never post updates/tweets

No/not sure

Responses

Do you have a Facebook profile or personal fan page?

95

65

49

35

244

Do you have a personal Twitter account?

39

23

44

132

238

 

65. How many Facebook friends/fans  do you have?  (If you have more than one profile, please give the number for the one with the largest number.)Click here to open Facebook in a new window.

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

208

 

66. How many Twitter followers do you have? Click here to open Twitter in a new window

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

98

 

67. What sacrifices, if any, whether professional or personal, have you had to make in founding and/or leading this initiative?

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

226

 

68. What benefits, if any, whether professional or personal, have you gained from founding and/or leading this initiative?

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

231

 

69. Following are a few questions about your Jewish background and current practices. For each, please answer "Yes" or "No or Not sure."

Question

Yes

No or Not sure

Responses

Growing up, were BOTH your parents Jewish (either Jewish by birth or Jewish by choice/converted to Judaism)?

93%

7%

243

Did either of your parents ever work as a full-time rabbi, cantor, Jewish educator or Jewish communal professional?

21%

79%

240

While you were growing up, was either of your parents active in Jewish communal life as a lay (volunteer) leader?

60%

40%

243

Growing up, did someone in your household usually light Shabbat candles?

69%

31%

244

During grades 1-8, did you attend Jewish day school for 4 years or more?

41%

59%

241

During high school, did you attend Jewish day school for 2 years or more?

27%

73%

240

During high school, were most of your closest friends Jewish?

69%

31%

243

During high school, did you ever participate in a Jewish youth group?

66%

34%

243

During high school, were you ever an officer or committee chair in a national or international Jewish youth organization?

36%

64%

241

Did you ever attend a Jewish-sponsored overnight camp as a camper?

57%

43%

244

Did you ever work at a Jewish-sponsored overnight camp as a counselor or staff member?

43%

57%

241

During university, did you regularly participate in any Jewish organizations?

61%

39%

243

During university, were you ever an officer or committee chair in a national or international Jewish student organization (national Hillel, NUJLS, your national union of Jewish students, EUJS, WUJS, etc.)

20%

80%

242

Have you ever worked, part-time or full-time, as a Jewish educator?

63%

37%

243

Do you currently attend services at a congregation, spiritual community, minyan, or havurah twice a month or more?

69%

31%

245

Do you currently participate in a Shabbat dinner at least once a month?

88%

12%

246

 

70. Referring to Jewish religious denominations, in which of the following were you raised, and what do you mostly consider yourself now? (MARK ONLY ONE IN EACH ROW)

Question

Haredi

Orthodox (not Modern Orthodox)

Modern Orthodox

Conservative

Reform

Reconstructionist

Renewal

Post-/Multi-denominational

Secular/Culturally Jewish

Just Jewish

Not Jewish

Responses

Raised

1%

1%

17%

41%

20%

1%

1%

3%

6%

5%

4%

246

Now

1%

4%

13%

22%

8%

2%

4%

27%

8%

10%

0%

241

 

71. Do you consider yourself to be any of the following, whether partially or fully (please mark all that apply or “none of the aboveâ€...?

Answer

%

African-American

0%

East Asian, Filipino, or Pacific Islander

0%

Hispanic, Latino/a, Chicano/a, or Latin American

1%

Native American/Aboriginal/First Nation

0%

South Asian

0%

sub-Saharan African or Afro-Caribbean

0%

Other (please specify):

8%

None of the above

92%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

225

 

72. Do you consider yourself to be any of the following, whether partially or fully  (please mark all that apply or “none of the aboveâ€)...?

Answer

%

Ashkenazi (of Central European Jewish descent)

89%

Sephardi (of Spanish/Mediterranean Jewish descent)

7%

Mizrachi (of Middle Eastern, Iranian, West/Central Asian, or Caucasus Jewish descent)

1%

Other (please specify):

1%

None of the above

7%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

243

 

73. Have you ever been to Israel?

Answer

Response

%

Yes, and have spent 4 months or more there studying or working

134

55%

Yes, but have NOT spent 4 months or more in a single visit, studying or working

96

40%

No, never been there

12

5%

Total

242

100%

 

74. Were you ever a participant in any of the following experiences?  Please check all that apply.

 

Answer

%

ADL Salvin/Glass

1%

AIPAC Young Leaders (Saban)

3%

Aish HaTorah Discovery Program

5%

AJC ACCESS

3%

AJWS Fellowship

2%

Avodah Jewish Service Corps

1%

Bay Area (Ti-Ke-A) Fellowship

1%

Birthright Israel

13%

Bronfman Youth Fellowship

4%

COJECO Fellowships

0.4%

Conservative Yeshiva

4%

Diller Teen Fellows Program

0.4%

Dorot Fellowship

3%

Drisha

6%

Encounter

4%

European Nahum Goldmann Fellowship

0.4%

Everett Fellowship (National Havurah Committee)

1%

FEREP

1%

Hebrew University Year Program

12%

Hillel Jewish Campus Service Corps

1%

Hillel Schusterman International Center Fellowship

0.4%

Insight: The Schusterman Fellowship for Jewish Community

0.4%

JDC (The Joint) Service Fellowships

1%

Jewish Organizing Initiative

0.4%

Kivun Intensive

2%

Legacy Heritage Fellowship Program

2%

Livnot Ulehibanot

3%

Machon Le Madrichei Chutz LaAretz

1%

Mandel Fellowships

2%

March of the Living

7%

Moishe House resident

1%

OTZMA

1%

Panim

2%

Pardes

1%

Pardes Educators Programme

12%

Progressive Jewish Alliance Jeremiah Fellowship

0.4%

Religious Action Center Fellowship

1%

Selah Leadership Program

4%

Shapiro Family Fellowship

1%

STAR Peer Fellows Program

1%

The Conversation

7%

Wexner Graduate Fellowship

4%

Wexner Heritage Seminar

2%

Yeshivat Hadar

1%

 

 

Any local Jewish community-sponsored leadership program in your city

21%

Any other Jewish leadership development programmes

14%

Any other medium- or long-term study or work-study program in Israel for university/post-university students

14%

Any other short- or medium- term Israel program for high school students

14%

Any national Jewish community-sponsored leadership program for lay/volunteer leaders

10%

A local UJA/Federation-sponsored leadership program in your city

9%

Any other Jewish teen service learning program

5%

Any national UJC/JFN)-sponsored leadership program for lay leaders

2%

 

 

None of the above - I did not participate in any of these programs

23%

 

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

246

 

75. As you were founding and/or taking a leadership position in the initiative for which you are taking this survey, did you reach out to program staff and/or peer participants in any of the programs you checked above?

From the program staff or the program itself:

Question

Requested and received

Requested but did not receive

Did not request

Advice/mentorship

60%

2%

38%

Engagement in your initiative as a participant/beneficiary

32%

2%

66%

Financial Support

23%

10%

67%

Marketing support

25%

4%

72%

Referrals/introductions

50%

3%

47%

Volunteer time/expertise (incl. board membership)

31%

5%

64%

 

Statistic

Advice/mentorship

Referrals/introductions

Marketing support

Volunteer time/expertise (incl. board membership)

Engagement in your initiative as a participant/beneficiary

Financial Support

Total Responses

113

111

110

110

108

110

 

76. As you were founding and/or taking a leadership position in the initiative for which you are taking this survey, did you reach out to program staff and/or peer participants in any of the programs you checked above?

From peer participants:

Question

Requested and Received

Requested but did not receive

Did not request

Advice/mentorship

69%

1%

30%

Engagement in your initiative as a participant/beneficiary

50%

2%

49%

Financial Support

29%

7%

65%

Marketing support

42%

4%

54%

Referrals/introductions

62%

4%

35%

Volunteer time/expertise (incl. board membership)

44%

4%

52%

 

Statistic

Advice/mentorship

Referrals/introductions

Marketing support

Volunteer time/expertise (incl. board membership)

Engagement in your initiative as a participant/beneficiary

Financial Support

Total Responses

112

113

107

109

107

105

 

77. The following set of questions are about the BYFI Alumni Venture Fund.

Question

Yes

No

Responses

Have you ever heard of the BYFI Alumni Venture Fund?

100%

0%

9

Have you ever contributed to the BYFI Alumni Venture Fund?

100%

0%

9

Have you or anyone else ever applied for a BYFI Alumni Venture Fund grant for the initiative for which you are taking this survey?

56%

44%

9

Have you or anyone else ever received a BYFI Alumni Venture Fund grant for the initiative for which you are taking this survey?

67%

33%

9

Have you ever applied for a BYFI Alumni Venture Fund grant for any other initiative?

33%

67%

9

Have you ever received a BYFI Alumni Venture Fund grant for any other initiative?

33%

67%

9

 

78. Would you like to expand on your answers to any questions above or tell us anything else?

Statistic

Value

Total Responses

70

 

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