Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim, PhD
Hanna completed her PhD at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a focus on philanthropic studies. She joined the Ruderman Family Foundation after completing a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Brandeis University.
For more than a decade she has focused on documenting and analyzing the activities of multiple foundations and community philanthropies, while working closely with hundreds of philanthropists and practitioners of philanthropic organizations.
Acknowledged worldwide as the expert on American Jewish philanthropy, Hanna’s work has been supported and endorsed by several universities and research institutes, as well as American and Israeli foundations. She authors scholarly peer reviewed articles, media publications and professional reports and is frequently quoted in national and international media outlets including NPQ, The Forward, Times of Israel, The Jerusalem Post, The Conversation and EJewish Philanthropy.
Hanna is taking an important role in moving the Foundation’s goals forward, based on her extensive knowledge, data and insights of the different dimensions of the US Jewish philanthropic sector, including its grant making institutions, diaspora philanthropy, faith based giving, cross-faith and Israeli philanthropy.