Doing It The Right Way
20th January 2010
Arnie Draiman here in Jerusalem - JChoice's 'man on the ground' in Israel. I would like to share with you a bit about what I do. I make sure that your precious tzedakah money is given away wisely. I am directly responsible for doing the due diligence necessary and for maintaining constant contact with recipients before and during the entire funding period. ("due diligence" means checking everything out before moving forward).
Tzedakah money must be used as efficiently and effectively as possible. Watching a large percentage fall by the wayside before it gets to its intended use is criminal, in my opinion (and in the opinion of rabbinic scholars dating as far back as the Talmud, some 2000 years ago!). It is the right and responsibility of every donor to insure that tzedakah money is doing the best Tikkun Olam (making the world a better place) that it can.
I found a wonderful quote about this: "How much better would the Jewish world be if we could apply the same obsessive-compulsiveness to tzedakah that we do to cleaning for Pesach?"
I work in all fields and in all sectors in Israel. The key is finding the right person to trust - regardless of their field of mitzvah work (elders, youth at risk, ethiopians, poor people, etc). These are the people that Danny Siegel calls "Mitzvah Heroes".
Then, you build a relationship with this person and at that point, you can then be sure that tzedakah money is being used the right way.
I think you will like the wide variety of choices on JChoice - all of whom have been vetted (checked out for their efficiency and effectiveness in handling tzedakah money). If anyone has any questions about how we do due diligence, or if you have any comments about doing tzedakah in Israel, I would be happy to hear from you.