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    Google Glass Non Profit Exploration

    As a Google Glass explorer, I have been able to test out the newest wearable technology Google developed to bring Israel stories to life through an interactive lens. I deployed Glass on the first Israel experience through Jewish Federations of North America's (JFNA) National Winter Family misison to Israel. The mission was made up of 7 families from NY, NJ, Seattle, a and Washington.

    JFNA missions are about building leaders, for now and for the future. Missions serve as a powerful tool to educate and inspire Diaspora Jews and potential leaders first-hand about the life-saving work Federations support in Israel and 70 nations around the world.

    Google Glass shows real promise as a tool to help tell the powerful story of Federations’ impact to more and more people and enhance an Israel experience.

    JFNA deployd Google Glass to allow mission participants to communicate their experiences in real time, in a dramatic and dynamic way. Not everyone can join a mission, but through Glass partcipants were able to tell this amazing story as it happened.

    It’s the Jewish leaders on these missions who allow JFNA to collectively care for millions of Jews in North America, in Israel and more than 70 nations worldwide.

    JFNA represents 154 Jewish Federations and 300 smaller Network communities across North America. JFNA is one of the largest, most effective charitable networks in the Diaspora.

    Paul Solomon, Google Israel PR Director said, "Glass is still at an early stage and it isn't available to users yet. Our "Explorer" program is aimed at getting input from people from all walks of life on how Glass will be developed - ahead of a wider consumer launch at a later time. A couple of the Explorers have visited Israel. But the families on the Jewish Federations trip will be Glass pioneers in that they're the first organized group to use Glass in Israel. We hope they have fun!"

    The Federation model of centralized giving and allocations represents a deeply respected system built over the past century. Federations raised more than $900 million annually in the Annual Campaign alone, and more than $2 billion in planned giving to endowments and foundations that hold more than $15 billion in assets.
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