The largest grant ever awarded by the foundation will support the implementation of Hillel's Drive to Excellence, a strategic plan aimed at helping campuses and communities around the world implement best practices in recruiting and developing Jewish talent, student engagement, and resource development. Hillel International's Schusterman International Center will use the funds to focus on building a robust talent pipeline, increasing the financial resources available across the movement, and ensuring that data, best practices, and services for achieving the desired student outcomes are accessible to all.
"At the core of our Drive to Excellence plan is developing quantitative and qualitative strategies for measuring excellence on every campus, with the goal of fifty Hillels reaching excellence by 2020 and the other 85 percent improving annually," said Hillel International president and CEO Eric Fingerhut. "This grant will allow us to experiment with new fundraising models to grow the revenue of local Hillels, and help recruit more talent throughout the Hillel movement."
"When it comes to reaching, educating, and inspiring Jewish college students, Hillel is unsurpassed," said Jim Joseph Foundation president Al Levitt. "The Drive to Excellence is a strategic, deeply thoughtful initiative that can expand Hillel’s already effective efforts. This campaign warrants a grant of this magnitude, and we hope others are moved by the exciting possibilities too."