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  • Writer's pictureAlina Shkolnikov Shvartsman

Navigating Uncertainty in Post-Disaster Reality: What Does It Look Like for Different Sectors?

Updated: Jul 3

Navigating the New Post-Disaster Reality

The geopolitical landscape in the Middle East presents immense challenges to leaders across various sectors. Taking a closer look at the impact of October 7th on Israel, we see not only the devastating impact of these tragic events but also how this disaster exposed and exacerbated deep-seated systemic issues. This creates a reality where funders and leaders across sectors, including civil society, philanthropy, nonprofits, and the private sector, must constantly move forward amid extreme uncertainty. They need to make decisions without clear information and without knowing what the future looks like. They must balance immediate needs with long-term investments, ensure that past programs are not left behind, and react to new needs on the ground.

Unpacking Uncertainties: Diving into Specific Problem Areas for More Insight

In December 2023, we published our scenario planning tool in our report: Israel’s Turning Point: Future Scenarios for Envisioning the Path for Recovery & Resilience. This report was developed with input from 50 experts and was designed to provide structure and methodology to support any organization or individual thinking about Israel's recovery. This report has been adopted by leading organizations and downloaded over 2000 times.

Recognizing the need for deeper insights into what the future means for specific problem areas, we partnered with the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), a leading thought leader in jewish and global philanthropy, to develop a more nuanced understanding of different futures and their impacts on various sectors.

Four Deep Dive Reports Designed to Help Navigate Uncertainty

Through a series of conversations and working sessions, we collaborated with JFN leadership and 40 leading philanthropists from their network to develop four in-depth reports. These reports examine different possible futures over the next 12-18 months and their impacts on specific problem areas. The topics were selected based on funders' interests and include the economy, mental health, shared society, and education.

These reports are not policy papers or sector strategy documents. Instead, they provide a proposed framework for funders to integrate into their strategic planning and a set of recommendations developed by working group members—experienced funders deeply knowledgeable in the areas discussed, supported by Subject Matter Experts. This framework and its recommendations are intended to guide funders in making informed decisions, enabling them to navigate the complexities of the current environment with precision and foresight.

Deep gratitude to an incredible partner organization

One thing we know about recovery efforts is that they are most effective when you have meaningful partnerships. We are grateful to JFN for their leadership and partnership on this initiative. Their unwavering commitment to the recovery of Israel, their ability to organize and mobilize resources, and their pioneering approaches to philanthropy are invaluable. Not only were they able to support their members in this endeavor, but they also created an incredible asset that the entire ecosystem can benefit from. We look forward to continuing our collaboration to support recovery and resilience efforts.

To learn more about the partnership, please visit JFN's website or click on the links to the direct reports below.

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