Young Sara Lee Heir Spurs Jewish Philanthropy

Jewish According to The Jewish Week, "The Jewish establishment has been slow to engage wealthy young donors, experts say. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake."

Responding to this challenge are people like 25-year old Danielle Durchslag who founded Grand Street in 2003, a network of Jews ages 18-28 who meet regularly to explore what it means to be in a family involved with Jewish philanthropy.

Danielle, whose great-grandfather Nathan Cummings founded the Sara Lee Corp., knows first -hand the need for such a program.  She began her career as a philanthropist at 15 when she became an associate member of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.  Her efforts have earned quite a bit of press including an interesting profile by Business Week.   (Can't resist citing another article about Danielle from the crazy punsters at United Jewish Communities called, "Heir Conditioning.")

Grand Street is part of the 21/64 program of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Foundation "...which offers a set of philanthropic tools, networks and communication methods to assist families during these times of generational transition."  Near and dear to Philanthromedia's heart, 21/64 places a  real emphasis on innovation and strategic philanthropy. 

Demonstrating this emphasis is an annual publication called The Slingshot Book which is,according to the Philadelphia Enquirer, "...a guide for organizations and individual givers who want to look beyond the usual avenues of Jewish philanthropy.There are organizations whose missions involve 'Jews of color' and Jewish environmental bike rides. There is a record company that has launched the career of a Hasidic reggae rapper and developed a hip-hop seder. Another group has reinvented the mikveh ritual pool as a center for Jewish spirituality and learning.'

Susan Herr

Posted at 4:22 AM, Oct 16, 2006 in Intergenerational | Permalink | Comment