By COLlive reporter
Take two brothers who are road-warriors, seasoned fundraisers and skilled networkers and what have you got? A fascinating workshop.
One of the most anticipated sessions at the upcoming International Kinus Hashluchim convention set to open this week in Brooklyn, NY, will be “Duchman & Duchman: Fundraising at its Best.”
It will feature the brothers in arms – Rabbi Mendel Duchman of Los Angeles, California and Rabbi Sholom Duchman of Crown Heights – discussing time-tested methods of fundraising and financial stability.
The session will be moderated by a non-family member, Rabbi Zalman Marcus of Mission Viejo, CA, and will take place on Friday in the shul of the Oholei Torah building’s 3rd Floor.
COLlive has learned that the session will be set up as a debate, where the moderator will be posing questions to either one or both of the brothers. There will be time given after each response so the other can respond or challenge what the other said.
There is a lot of interest in this session days before the conference has begun. And that should come as no surprise, as there are decades of hard-earned experience and knowledge between the two brothers.
Rabbi Mendel Duchman is credited with helping hundreds of Shluchim around the globe succeed financially during and following the economic downturn. Drawing on his past as a Shliach and currently a CEO of an organic skin care brand, he serves as a financial and motivational coach for many.
Often asked how he juggles both tasks as an entrepreneur and a non-profit consultant, he says: “It’s in my blood. Once a shliach, always a shliach. And besides, working with these men and women who are changing the face of world Jewry is a lot more fulfilling then any business deal in the world.”
His brother, Rabbi Sholom Duchman, is the Executive Director of Colel Chabad, the oldest and longest running charity in Israel that runs a network of soup kitchens and food banks, daycare centers, clinics and social-welfare projects.
“For successful fundraising you need to know what you want to accomplish and share that vision with people,” he tells COLlive.com ahead of the Kinus. “When you are ‘fundraising’, you are not asking for money. You are asking for them to ‘buy in’ to your idea or program.”
The two Duchmans will have a full 2 hours to debate the exact definition, approach and working plan of fundraising in what promises to be an entertaining and informative workshop.
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