Adapting Podcast: The Mindset and Kishkes of Jewish Philanthropy


How do philanthropists decide how to invest in Jewish education? Shawna Goodman Sone, a philanthropist and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation, shares what motivates her philanthropy on this episode of Adapting.


Shawna Goodman Sone

The ecosystem of Jewish education depends on the contributions of various stakeholders and philanthropy is playing an increasing role in this landscape. This episode of Adapting explores some of the passion, concerns, and challenges that funders think about when making their contributions to Jewish causes. In conversation with Shawna Goodman Sone, raised in Montreal and now living in Israel, David discusses why Shawna cares so deeply about the issues and the various causes that motivate her philanthropy. "It starts with the kishkes," Shawna says, "and everything else goes from there." The wisdom and learning from this episode clearly speaks to both funders and practitioners and emphasizes the need for further conversations like these that bridge the seeming gap between the two.


Loved the episode and looking for more insight into philanthropic decision making? Listen to Shawna and her brother Jonathan Goodman on the Jewish Funders Network's podcast, What Gives? 

This episode was produced by Dina Nusnbaum and Gabriel Weinstein.  The show’s executive producers are David Bryfman, Karen Cummins, and Nessa Liben. This episode was engineered and edited by Nathan J. Vaughan of NJV Media.  If you enjoyed the show, please leave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts or even better, share it with a friend. Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and be the first to know when new episodes are released.

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