Balancing charity, risk topic for food bank CEO

Michael McDonald

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona CEO and President Michael McDonald will be the guest speaker during the annual Taste of Or Chadash, which starts next week.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m., McDonald will discuss how nonprofits navigate paradoxes to accomplish charitable missions. “Feeding Tzedakah: Charity and Social Justice in Southern Arizona” will address four dilemmas: the efficacy limits of both charity and social justice, prioritizing stakeholder obligations, balancing risk and impact, and competing to serve vs. collaborating to serve.

“Now is the time for nonprofits and faith communities ­— and their supporters and allies — to soul search whether or not they’re risking enough to be the change that they want to see in the world,” says McDonald.

The event is hosted by the Congregation Or Chadash social justice and action committee. Committee chair Mark Sbar says their goal is to present speakers quarterly on community issues, highlighting successes and needs. Gary Becker,  a member of the food bank sub-committee, is organizing this event.

Other free “taste” events include an open house featuring a mini Jewish food festival and pie bakeoff Sunday, Aug. 19; a family Shabbat and ice cream oneg Friday, Aug 24; and a “Lunch and Learn” kickoff Monday, Aug. 27. For full details, see the Community Calendar on page 20 or visit www.octucson.org.