Mark supports charitable causes through direct involvement with specific nonprofits. He is a former Chairman of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and was also a Board member of the Annenberg Foundation initiative in New York City for the arts and education.
A collaborative approach for improving the effectiveness of Jewish philanthropy (by Mark Pearlman) Note: This paper is an outgrowth of my ongoing community involvement, including a previous study (“Creating a Jewish GDP,” The New York Jewish Week, April 2008) and my recent participation in the 2012 JPPI conference, which included sessions on the ways and means of the community. An excerpt of the paper has been published in the Jewish Journal here and the New York Jewish Week here. The other main Capitol Hill sport these days (after...read more
By SOPHIA HOLLANDER The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will open a permanent exhibition in an East Harlem public-housing project in what officials hope can become a national model. A $565,000 federal grant, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will fund a 2,000-square-foot installation in the James Weldon Johnson Houses that will focus on health and literacy and include 25 interactive stations, as well as ongoing programming. It’s slated to open in 2013. Museum experts said the collaboration between the New York...read more
Mark has also developed a think tank approach to generating new ideas for the Jewish community called The $100 Million Idea. This initiative includes ongoing public events, presentations and articles, and a book is also planned. Watch Mark’s session on the future of the Jewish community at the 2010 Limmud Conference in New York: $100 Million Idea Presentation...read more
In order to take a business-oriented, top-level look at the Jewish Web, Mark has completed a study on the structure and market performance of Jewish media organizations. The report offers a basis for productive discussion on what individual or cooperative strategy might be considered. It also includes an analysis of Jewish educational and religious sites, and Jewish search terms. Read the report here. Read Mark’s op-ed in JTA here. “The problem for the American Jewish media is not quality of content — it’s scale and...read more
With our lives deeply shaken by this financial crisis, how do we step back, anchor ourselves and put current events into a contextual perspective? To guide us through the personal challenges we are facing, Mark produced a documentary titled “A Traveler’s Guide to Uncertain Times.” Featuring four brilliant spiritual leaders, the film draws on time-tested wisdom to provide a better foundation for overcoming the uncertainty, pessimism, hopelessness and material loss we are experiencing in today’s economic climate. It...read more
By creating a Jewish GDP Report and Analysis, Mark has developed an economic approach to measuring and analyzing non-profit activity in the Jewish community. “Mark Pearlman, an experienced business strategist (CBS Inc., Fox TV) and MIT graduate, spent weeks researching how much money Jewish organizations take in and spend each year, analyzing what categories get the most attention, and which the least. In effect, he sought to create a Jewish GDP, the equivalent of Gross Domestic Product studies that measure all of the services and...read more