New study examines Jewish philanthropy in U.S.

A new study has found that only 24 percent of dollars donated by Jewish foundations go to Jewish causes. The data are part of a larger study conducted by the S.F.-based Institute for Jewish & Community Research.

“Following the Money: A Look at Jewish Foundation Giving” is due for publication in April.

The IJCR study examined 56 Jewish foundations with combined assets of $20 billion, making 2009 and 2010 grants totaling $1.4 billion. The 24 percent of dollars earmarked for Jewish causes ($335 million) represents a small increase over the findings of a similar IJCR study in 2007.

Of those philanthropic dollars, 36 percent ($119 million) went to Israel-related causes and 64 percent went to non-Israel Jewish causes. Of the latter, a plurality of 29 percent funded Jewish community federations and foundations. Of the dollars earmarked for Israel, more than half went to Israel funds and to support Israel advocacy.

The study was conducted by Erik Ludwig, chief operating officer of IJCR, and research director Aryeh Weinberg.

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