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Center for Innovative Philanthropy

The Center for Innovative Philanthropy is a special department of the Foundation, whose job it is to help the community increase impact. 


What does it do? 
  • Strengthens agencies and synagogues
  • Educates donors and community members
  • Shares data, research and innovative ideas across the community

How does it do it? 

  • Manages JMAP- the community-wide study and online community dashboard project
  • Helps agencies and synagogues answer the questions that keep them up at night
  • Addresses community needs through consultations, trainings, and research at little to no cost to the community

What is the Center working on now? 

  • Developing the JMAP community-wide dashboard (
  • Researching opportunities to share resources among organizations and synagogues, including HR support, employee benefits, and communications resources
  • Convening groups of professionals and lay leaders to connect and share best practices together 
  • Providing grant writing support through an expert consultant
  • Facilitating trainings in impact reporting, sexual harassment prevention, and more
  • Consulting on governance and capacity building needs for organizations
  • Researching innovative approaches to community needs and philanthropy

Questions? For more information, contact Kathryn Gonnerman, director of the Center for Innovative Philanthropy, at or (860) 523-7460.

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