Code of Conduct

The Jewish Funders Network International Conference is a place to learn, listen, speak, and connect in a free and respectful exchange of ideas. We ask that all participants do their part to create an environment in which all participants can share in that vision. Therefore:

  1.  Do not “pitch” or solicit anyone else at the conference for donations to any organization.
  2.  Recognize, however, that one person’s “pitch” is another person’s enthusiastic discussion about the work of their favorite grantee. Extend others the benefit of the doubt when possible.
  3.  Be willing to engage—with civility—with ideas or positions with which you strongly disagree. Treat others with respect.
  4. JFN will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, sexual harassment, or harassment of any kind, toward any person or from any person at this conference; please see the detailed anti-harassment policy below.
  5. In general, and in every way not otherwise specified here: Be a mensch.

    If you experience or witness any deviations from these principles, please speak to a JFN staff member or email conference@jfunders.org.

to report an incident

While participating in the JFN virtual conference, if you have been involved in or have witnessed an incident that violates the Code of Conduct, please report via email to conference@jfunders.org, or by phone to JFN’s Executive Vice President Deena Fuchs at (212) 726-0177 x204. Reports will be confidential. Please share as much information as you can to help JFN make a thorough investigation of the incident.

JFN’s commitment: JFN will investigate all incidents reported with discretion and confidentiality. JFN reserves the right to bar any person who violates our Code of Conduct from attending the conference in its entirety or in part, and/or to cancel the membership of the person.

Anti-Harassment Code of Conduct

Prepared with the Safety Respect Equity Network

JFN is committed to creating an environment that exemplifies Jewish values such as kavod habriot (human dignity), and hinuch (learning) and the Talmud’s teaching that kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, that “all Israel is responsible for one another” (Shavuot 39a). Jewish tradition recognizes that every person is created in the Divine image and should be treated as such, and the Jewish values of repairing the world, mutual responsibility, and not standing idly by while others are being harmed are fundamental to the creation, implementation, and upholding of this Code of Conduct.

JFN is committed to creating a harassment-free environment for all participants, including conference registrants, staff, speakers, vendors and volunteers. Harassment as outlined below is considered by JFN to be a serious form of professional misconduct.

This Code of Conduct is established in order to promote safety and respect in all of our activities. We expect all participants at JFN activities to abide by this policy in all venues, including ancillary events and unofficial social gatherings:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions;
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech;
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants;
  • Alert conference leadership if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this policy, even if they seem minor.

The following behaviors do not belong at the JFN conference:

  1. Sexual harassment of any kind, including unwelcome sexual attention and inappropriate physical contact; 
  2. Harassment that discriminates against a specific group of people based on age, race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, health conditions, socioeconomic status, marital status, domestic status, or parental status;
  3. Abuse of power (including abuses related to position, wealth, race or gender).