PLATINUM2023

L Dor V Dor Foundation Inc

Rescuing our lost history and changing lives — from generation to generation.

aka L'Dor V'Dor Foundation, Inc.   |   Wabasso, FL   |  ldvdf.org

Mission

We are advancing ancestral discovery for anyone with interest in Jewish family history and heritage. We are rescuing our lost history and changing lives — from generation to generation.

Ruling year info

2022

CEO

Marlis Humphrey

Main address

8114 US Highway 1 Unit 700583

Wabasso, FL 32970 USA

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EIN

87-3108948

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

77% of people who identify as Jewish have interest in knowing their ancestors. Knowing family history is the single biggest predictor of emotional well-being. Children who know their family’s stories have higher self-esteem, greater resilience, and greater confidence to confront challenges. (Bruce Feiler, author of Secrets of Happy Families and NY Times article “The Stories that Bind Us”, based on research findings of Emory University’s Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robyn Fivrush.) Discovering ancestors and their stories requires finding the records that document their lives. Only 15% of existing records have been identified — fewer still are easily searched.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Documentation of Jewish Records Worldwide (DoJR)

Building JCat, the world’s most comprehensive catalog of historical documents of Jewish lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Jewish people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of record collections catalogued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Documentation of Jewish Records Worldwide (DoJR)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

36 custodial entities, 19 countries, 10 languages

Number of Hidden-in-Plain-Sight record collections catalogued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Documentation of Jewish Records Worldwide (DoJR)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2022 focused on developing the taxonomy of record types and custodial entity types for future surveys, a prototype for the database, and diversity of collections vs. quantity.

Cost per catalog entry

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Documentation of Jewish Records Worldwide (DoJR)

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

As we begin fundraising to scale operations, we currently are operating with an all volunteer team.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The L'Dor V'Dor Foundation's first project, Documentation of Jewish Records Worldwide (DoJR), will discover and inventory in JCat, the world's most comprehensive catalog of historic documents of Jewish lives, the 85% unknown records, often hidden-in-plain-sight and the majority not labeled Jewish. The catalog will be free to use.

Each discovery of our ancestors brings us closer to our Jewish past and lays a foundation for Jewish continuity.

Each life uncovered preserves our history, deepens our self-knowledge, and strengthens our Jewish identity.

Each life brought to light adds a link in the chain — building a personal and collective connection to our past.

In our pilot project, 116,000 lives were discovered in four short weeks. Country by country, we will continue to discover the documents of the Jewish diaspora — of our ancestors’ lives.

Our goals are to:
1. Conduct surveys in at least 30 countries simultaneously for the more than 350 historic record types.
2. Create computer interfaces to extract relevant information from existing catalogs and databases held by partner archives.
3. Crowdsource information from the researcher community.
4. Utilize Artificial Intelligence to survey and assess digital archives and automatically create catalog entries realizing more than 10,000 times improvement in time and cost to survey.

Using best-in-class development methods, tools, CRM, and standards.

Content for the catalog will be sourced using a variety of methods

New methods are being utilized to tackle what previously was an intractable problem. Methods for discovering relevant records in use for the past 40 years are increasingly inefficient and insufficient.

Technology advances in artificial intelligence (AI), named entity recognition (NER), natural language processing (NLP), big data architectures, archival description standards, and new business and social methods now can be applied to large scale projects in the search for Jewish records.

The DoJR’s systematic approach will result in an exponential increase in the number of records collections discovered.

Working within and partnering across the genealogical and archival communities will further advance our collective missions to make more records available faster and avoid unnecessary duplication of work.

We look in facilities such as archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums – Jewish and secular. We have identified 40 categories of Jewish organizations that potentially hold records of our ancestors such as synagogues, schools, federations, community centers, chevra kadisha, social welfare, and more. We look for individuals who may have come into possession of records such as yizkor plaques discarded by a shuttered synagogue. We filter online catalogues and databases for relevant digital files. And we will crowdsource information about record collections from individuals in the genealogy community.

Depth and breadth of global experience in: genealogy leadership, historic records management and processing, technology innovation, entrepreneurship, complex data systems, and volunteer management

Knowledge of genealogical research

Access to a community of committed genealogical and archival experts

Demonstrated ability to deliver large scale projects (due to global reach and availability of digital technology and artificial intelligence)

As we begin fundraising, we currently are operating as an all volunteer organization. There are more more than 40 volunteers and 9 partner organizations in 10 countries working on survey projects and related technology. We are currently training the Artificial Intelligence engine in 5 languages. We have identified more than 5000 historic record collections that document the lives of an estimated 830,000 individuals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We are newly formed. We get feedback from future users and from current volunteers at this time..

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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L Dor V Dor Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marlis Humphrey

Marlis Humphrey

Sallyann Sack, PhD

Stanley Diamond, MSM

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/07/2022

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.