Rubenstein’s Generous Gift

041114_mishmash_philanthropy-lg

Baltimore native and Duke University trustee David M. Rubenstein is giving $1.9 million to Jewish Life at Duke to expand programming, fund building renovations and enhance the college experience for Jewish students Most of the gift — $1.5 million — will fund new initiatives and staff positions for a Jewish student population whose needs and… Read More

Ditch That Rolodex!

040414_mishmash_social-media-lg

Are you a boomer or retiree ready to launch the next great act of your career? Than you must have a social media footprint. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 95 percent of organizations use LinkedIn to recruit workers. So throw out that ancient Rolodex you’ve depended upon and create a professional online… Read More

The Importance of Leadership

032814_mishmash_business-lg

In 1992, Israel was emerging from a crisis of hyper-inflation and struggling with double-digit unemployment spurred by the mass immigration of Russian Jewry. The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore stepped in to help. Two of The Associated’s lay leaders, Hanan “Bean” Sibel and Marvin Schapiro, understood that the American Jewish community could help build… Read More

Finding Dinner on the Social Network

032114_mishmash_food-lg

Food lovers, pay close attention to today’s world of instant gratification, social media and real-time chatter, as the Internet is open for business all the time. Simply placing a post with a picture on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook produces an instant response. There are deals to be had and immediate needs to be found and… Read More

Building Better Neighborhoods

031414_mishmash-philanthropy-lg

Since a bequest of $11 million from the estate of Morris Goldseker in 1975, the Goldseker Foundation has grown to a $100 million philanthropy that has granted $85 million to 530 nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan area. In the mid-2000s, the foundation’s board expanded to include independent directors and a second generation of Goldseker… Read More

Pinning on Pinterest

030714_mishmash_socialmedia_lg

If you’re into social media but haven’t yet discovered Pinterest, then you’re missing out on one of the hottest trends around. As a rapidly growing social network, Pinterest is a virtual museum of online pinboards that users create and curate by “pinning” images, sound and video collected from the Web. Pins can be pictures of… Read More

Going Beyond the Startup Nation

022814_mishmash_lg

Each May the world’s leading biomedical companies flock to Israel for the Startup Nation’s annual BioMed Conference, joining participants from more than 45 countries. This year, BioMed is being combined with an Israeli high-technology conference to create the largest advanced technology business forum ever held in the Jewish state: MIXiii: The Israel Innovation Conference. “We’re… Read More

Think You Know About Wines?

022114_mishmash-food-lg

Being in the food and wine business, I’ve sampled a lot of great vino. Many asked how I got so lucky, and I had an “a-ha” moment. Why not share my good fortune? Now you can make like a sommelier at the CITYPEEK Sip & Swirl Wine Club. I started the club for unpretentious foodies… Read More

Funding Hometown Communities

021414_mishmash_phil-lg

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States. It grants approximately $100 million each year to nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, primarily in the United States and Israel. Since 1980, the foundation has distributed grants totaling $1.7 billion,… Read More

Strategy Is Everything

020714_mishmash-social-media-lg

Whether you’re a business or nonprofit, a well-thought-out strategy will make the difference between success and failure for a social media campaign. First, define your goals and objectives. Why are you on social media? To create awareness? Build an engaged community of followers? Solicit donations? Once you have that figured out, make certain your objectives… Read More