CANVAS was founded by Lou Cove, senior advisor to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, where he co-created the PJ Alliance – a cohort of mega-supporters dedicated to PJ Library’s national and global growth. He is also the author of MAN OF THE YEAR (Flatiron Books), an Amazon 2017 memoir of the year, a PEOPLE magazine pick of the week (“Hilarious and poignant”) and a Booklist Starred Selection (“The kind of book readers fall in love with”). Lou served as executive director of Reboot — a think tank and incubator for modern Jewish culture – where he oversaw the development of numerous Jewish cultural projects, including Sukkah City, 10Q, the National Day of Unplugging, and the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation. Lou was also vice president of the National Yiddish Book Center where he helped build an endowment, a new building, and a sustainable platform devoted to reclaiming a lost literary canon.
Tzivia Schwartz Getzug
Jewish Funders Network (JFN) support and coordination will be led by Tzivia Schwartz Getzug, Director of the West Coast office of JFN, where she creates opportunities for network members to connect, to engage and to strengthen and leverage their philanthropic work. In addition to her work with CANVAS, Tzivia is privileged to be involved in two other giving collaboratives: she is the Executive Director of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund and the U.S. Program Director of the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society in Israel.
Tzivia is a lawyer who has spent most of her career in the Jewish non-profit world. Her extensive experience includes 5 years as the founding executive director of Jewish World Watch, an innovative non-profit working to combat genocide and mass atrocities through targeted community engagement.
Tzivia’s engagement with Jewish arts and culture came when she worked with DreamWorks’ founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg, as the Community Liaison on DreamWorks Animation’s first animated film, The Prince of Egypt.
Gordon Haber edits the CANVAS COMPENDIUM, a weekly newsletter about the best of Jewish arts and culture. His short fiction has appeared in various journals and as three best-selling Kindle Singles. His nonfiction writing on religion and culture has appeared in newspapers and magazines like the Forward, Religion Dispatches, and Religion and Politics. He also runs Dutch Kills Press, a micro-press that combines the editorial excellence of traditional publishing with the flexibility of e-books.