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Jane Karlin

Jane Karlin

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jane F. Karlin has enjoyed a distinguished career as a fundraiser and leader of large-scale advancement programs and comprehensive campaigns. She has held senior positions at New York University, The New School, Hadassah, UJA-Federation of New York, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. She has secured transformational gifts, developed board leadership, enhanced donor communication and stewardship, and motivated volunteers and staff to achieve aspirational goals. In June 2019 she retired from The Jewish Agency, where she was a Senior Vice President. She is committed to helping current and prospective fundraisers succeed, sitting on nonprofit boards, and pursuing research interests that reflect the intersection of philanthropy and American social and cultural history. 

Today she is an Adjunct Professor affiliated with the George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising in the Center for Global Affairs at NYU School of Professional Studies, Current Board service includes Skidmore College Alumni Association, where she is Chair of the President's Society, the College's annual giving leadership community; Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, where she sits on the Development Committee; and Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), which supports women's engagement in Reform synagogues across the United States and Canada. She is also Chair of the WRJ Grant Allocations Committee, which makes grants to groups whose work reflects WRJ's mission and values. She is a former President of Women in Development New York and holds degrees from Skidmore College (BA), Brown University (AM), and New York University (Ph.D.).

Past Courses

Major Gifts for Nonprofit Organizations

Learn about the solicitation process and management tools, such as moves management, prospect research, and identification of major prospects.