Veteran Fundraising Professional to lead Development at Massachusetts’ Largest Nonprofit
BOSTON – October 16, 2018 – Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Boston’s Jewish Federation and Massachusetts’ largest nonprofit organization with more than $2 billion in assets, has named Jennifer Weinstock its Senior Vice President of Philanthropy. Weinstock brings more than two decades of development and fundraising experience to the position, including the last six years at Gann Academy, a coeducational Jewish high school located in Waltham, Massachusetts that was recently named one of The Best Jewish Schools in America for 2019. Weinstock also spent more than a decade at WGBH, Bostonʹs public broadcasting station, as a senior member of the Major Gifts department managing a large portfolio of donors and directing campaign and stewardship strategy.
In her new role, Weinstock will oversee CJP’s dynamic and high‐performing development department, which raised $56 million through last year’s annual campaign. She will work with Marc Baker, with whom she worked alongside for 5 years at Gann, as a primary fundraiser and strategist. Together, they will ensure the organization continues to expand on its mission to build a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community that works to strengthen Jewish life and improve the world.
“Jennifer has a drive for excellence, cares deeply about organizational culture and performance, and is a talented team‐building manager and mentor of the professionals she leads,” said Marc Baker. “She will be instrumental in helping to lead CJP into the future by building on our tremendous fundraising success and thinking creatively about how our philanthropic model will continue to evolve.ʺ
As Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Weinstock’s priorities will include creating effective methods for implementing and supporting the new strategic plan and fundraising model, expanding and growing CJP’s endowment, multi‐year gifts, planned giving and Donor Advised Funds, and enhancing CJP’s Development disciplines among others. CJP currently supports 120 different organizations.
“Strengthening the Boston Jewish community has been at the core of my professional and personal life. Our tradition challenges us to create a world that is better tomorrow than it is today and the work of CJP is critical to ensuring that possibility,” said Jennifer Weinstock. “I look forward to partnering with the talented and committed staff and passionate volunteer leadership to further the reach of Boston’s most vital Jewish community resource.”
Weinstock coaches and speaks about philanthropy across the Jewish world and has earned the respect of professionals and volunteers around the country. Before Gann, where Weinstock is currently Associate Head of School for External Relations, she was the Strategy Manager for Growing Annual Fund Revenue at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE). Prior to that, she spent a decade in development roles at WGBH. Weinstock spent her first year out of college working as a campaign associate for CJP. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and was in the first cohort of the Wexner Field Fellowship in 2013. Weinstock is a resident of Brookline, Mass., where she lives with her husband and three sons.
Weinstock will start at CJP in the spring, as her current employer Gann Academy is in the process of hiring a new Head of School and Weinstock will be playing a key role during this transition period.
CJPʹs mission is to inspire and mobilize the diverse Greater Boston Jewish community to engage in building communities of learning and action that strengthen Jewish life and improve the world. For more information please visit www.cjp.org.