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Season 4, Episode 1; Jay and Shira Ruderman

Jay and Shira Ruderman are a husband and wife who run a foundation created with the wealth of Jay’s father Mort. The Ruderman Family Foundation has become synonymous with the cause of disability inclusion. 

In 2020, however, they decided to choose a new vanguard to fund and faced some public criticism for that decision. What are the expectations when a funder exits a field? What other causes out there are currently unfunded and unheard of? How can the champions of those causes approach family foundations? 

We talk about these questions and more in a wide ranging interview with this prolific husband and wife funding team.

In our fourth season of the highly rated philanthropy podcast Open Door Philanthropy, our host Dave interviews some of the world’s most influential philanthropists. This season features a diverse array of guests but they all have one thing in common: they do not give alone.


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