Successful Synagogue Fundraising Today: Overcoming the Fear of Asking for Money

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6.0 X 0.5 X 8.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Rabbi David A. Mersky, founder and managing director of Mersky, Jaffe & Associates, has led planning and fundraising endeavors for more than four decades. A former congregational rabbi, he also served as the national director of resource development for the then Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

Abigail Harmon, associate and creative director at Mersky, Jaffe & Associates, has been strengthening nonprofits, including synagogues, for more than ten years. Her work has focused upon helping her clients increase funds through capital campaigns as well as annual fund development.

"Of immense practical value.... David Mersky's insights into the theory and process of development enabled me, my lay leadership and staff to achieve success beyond our expectations."
--Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson, senior rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York

"A great resource for every synagogue seeking to move from a culture of fundraisers to a culture of philanthropy that ... engages life-long donors. A comprehensive primer."
--Margo Gold, international president, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

"A must-read for synagogue boards, clergy and staff."
--Dr. Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University; author, Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community

"Concrete tips and practical guidance from fundraising professionals who really know what they are talking about. This book is all you need to succeed in synagogue fundraising."
--Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director, Big Tent Judaism; coauthor, New Membership and Financial Alternatives for the American Synagogue

"Lifts us up from the bottom line to an elevated plane of meaningful relationship for sustained growth."
--Rabbi Elaine Zecher, Temple Israel, Boston

"Takes you through the entire process step by step in an easy-to-read format that provides checklists, charts and many innovative ideas for a successful campaign.... Highly recommend[ed]."
--Maria Benet, past president, Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline, Massachusetts

"A sorely-needed pragmatic guide."
--Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer, senior rabbi, B'nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, Maryland

"Comprehensive.... The perfect guide for any synagogue leadership group seeking to improve its financial health (and the engagement of its congregants) through philanthropy."
--Frederic L. Bloch, past president, Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, NY; senior vice president of development, New Jewish Home, New York City