IVN’s Michal Simler Presenting at the GA

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in News |  

shuklockup_large_GAEvery year, the General Assembly (GA) inspires and engages current and emerging Jewish leaders, tackles the most critical issues of the day, and showcases the best of the Federation movement. Bringing together over 3,000 influential decision-makers from communities around the US, Canada, Israel and around the world, this year (November  10-12, 2013), the event was held in Jerusalem to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday and the partnership between the Federations and the State of Israel. The Jewish Federations have been meeting at General Assemblies for over 80 years to network, learn from each other and interface with world leaders. The program featured themes that are timely and highly relevant to the Jewish community. Sessions included how to raise money in a challenging economy to preserve lifesaving programs, how to better use digital media to connect with communities and how to bring a spirit of innovation to philanthropy.

IVN was honored to be invited to speak at this prestigious 2-day event. Michal Simler, IVN’s CEO, was part of the GA Session: Israeli Philanthropy Breaks New Ground. Within that framework, Michal spoke about her own personal journey and the groundbreaking work IVN is undertaking in Israel through the development of Israel’s fourth sector: Social Businesses and the Transition from Philanthropy to Social Investment. “IVN’s goal is to grow and strengthen the social business model in Israel, enabling social ventures to become self-sustaining. This approach doesn’t cancel the need for philanthropy, but frees it up to help in places where it is critical.”

Also speaking at the event was Sigalit Rubinson, Program Officer for International Grant-Making Portfolio, San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Sigalit, part of the session: FEDovation: How Federations Are Pioneering Change, Community by Community, spoke about the Israel Impact Grants Initiative (IIGI), a partnership program between the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco and Israel Venture Network. Launched in January 2013, the IIGI, an innovative leadership development program, is aimed at attracting a new generation of Jewish philanthropic leaders with a deep understanding of Israel’s social issues and trends. IVN, at the forefront of establishing the fourth business sector (social businesses) in Israel and JCF of San Francisco, bringing the international business perspective and best practices, will cultivate a new generation of highly accomplished philanthropic business leaders.