136: Transforming the JCC: From Local Affiliates to Philanthropic Partnerships with Doron Krakow

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“We needed to reinvent our self-perception as a great opportunity for philanthropy.”

– Doron Krakow
Episode #136


In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

Are you ready to unlock the secrets that will revolutionize your nonprofit organization? Join us on a captivating journey as we delve into the dynamic world of nonprofit organizations and uncover the key to building successful marketing and fundraising strategies, the secrets to engaging your community, fostering deep connections, and igniting a passion for your cause that will leave a lasting impact. Together, let’s unlock your organization’s true potential and shape a better future through the art of giving. 

In this episode, we have the privilege of sitting down with Doron Krakow, the President and CEO of the JCC Association of North America. With over 30 years of experience in Jewish organizations, Doron has been instrumental in leading the JCC Association since 2017. His dedication to fostering stronger connections within the JCC movement, establishing new partnerships, and cultivating relationships with philanthropic donors has propelled the organization forward in its mission to enhance Jewish communities across the United States and Canada.

Throughout our conversation, Doron delves into his current work with the JCC, sharing insights into the strategies and initiatives driving positive change. As a respected leader in the Jewish community, Doron’s vast experience includes holding senior leadership positions with organizations such as American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Jewish Federations of North America, and Young Judaea.

We explore the importance of building solid relationships within the JCC movement and beyond and the transformative power of philanthropy in driving meaningful impact. Doron’s expertise and strategic vision have elevated the JCC Association’s profile and influenced the broader Jewish community.

Join us as we gain valuable perspectives from Doron Krakow, learning about his journey, the challenges he has faced, and the remarkable achievements he has spearheaded. Whether you are involved in the JCC movement or are interested in the Jewish community’s growth and development, this conversation promises to provide deep insights and inspiration!


Doron Krakow


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Doron Krakow is president and CEO of JCC Association of North America. Since joining JCC Association in 2017, he has guided the organization in strengthening ties across the JCC movement, forging new partnerships, and deepening its relationships with philanthropic donors, in a determined pursuit of greater Jewish community across the U.S. and Canada. Krakow, who brings more than 30 years’ experience with Jewish organizations to his work, previously held senior leadership posts with American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Jewish Federations of North America; and Young Judaea. He is a member of the executive council of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a board member of Tzofim: Friends of Israel Scouts, and a former board member of JPro. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University. Krakow and his family are longtime members of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades.


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