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Jane Karlin

Jane Karlin

Adjunct Associate Professor

Jane F. Karlin has enjoyed a distinguished career as a fundraiser and a leader of institutional advancement programs. Today she continues to speak to professional audiences and provides fundraising assistance to organizations on whose boards she serves. Since her introduction to development at Pace University, 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 built fundraising capacity, led capital campaigns, secured transformational gifts, developed board leadership, enhanced donor communication and stewardship, and motivated staff and volunteers to achieve aspirational goals. In June 2019 she retired from the Jewish Agency, where she was Senior Vice President for Israel and Global Philanthropy, to teach, volunteer, and pursue research interests reflecting the intersection of philanthropy and American culture. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the George H. Heyman Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising in the Center for Global Affairs at the NYU School of Professional Studies. Her volunteer service includes the Skidmore College Alumni Association Board, where she is Chair of the Presidents Society, the College’s annual giving leadership community; Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Board; and Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) Board, which supports women’s engagement in Reform congregations across the United States and Canada. At WRJ she chairs the Grants Allocation Committee of the Board, responsible for making annual grants to Reform Movement partners and other progressive groups whose work reflects WRJ’s mission and values. She is on the Steering Committee of Allies in Action, an initiative aligned with the newly formed Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WoC). 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 (PhD).

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Applied Project in Fundraising: Putting Knowledge to Practice

In this applied project course, students will have the opportunity to work on a real-world fundraising consultancy project in collaboration with...

Annual Appeal Campaigns

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