Funders Put Inclusion on the Jewish Agenda: Second Annual ADVANCE Conference December 6 in NYC

By Jay Ruderman

For funders from around the Jewish world who are passionate about the inclusion of all those with disabilities, ADVANCE: The Ruderman Jewish Special Needs Funding Conference is the place to network, share strategies and take next steps.

Last year’s sold-out conference, hosted by the Ruderman Family Foundation in partnership with the Jewish Funders Network, along with Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies, was a clarion call for the growing field of Jewish philanthropies dedicated to full inclusion of those with disabilities in the Jewish community and Jewish future.

At last year’s Conference, more than 100 funders came together – double the number expected – to learn about the programs available, network with other funders to find opportunities for shared action and be inspired to make even greater impact on this long-underserved segment of our people.

At the second annual Conference on December 6 at the Baruch College Conference Center, the sponsors, which now include the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), will build on last year’s success with an all-new menu of inspiring presentations, interactive workshops and networking sessions.

Whether you’ve been funding in the field for decades and want to take your impact to the next level, or you’re just beginning to think about how to integrate people with disabilities into your funding vision, the ADVANCE conference will help you gain the knowledge and contacts you need.

Stay tuned to or in the coming weeks for a complete list of presenters and workshops.

ADVANCE is open to funders (and their full-time professionals) who give a minimum of $25,000 annually, or $10,000 to disability-related programming.

Registration has now opened.  For more information, contact David Ezer at

— Jay Ruderman



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