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May 6, 2016  RSS feed
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Federation Annual Campaign exceeds $1 million

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties has achieved a significant milestone: the 2016 Annual Campaign surpassed the $1 million mark for the first time since 2012.

The Annual Campaign funds vital and innovative services across Pinellas and Pasco counties and “is the best way to put your support efficiently into a worldwide effort to support countless Jewish programs, here and in Israel,” said Emily Socash, Federation executive director.

The Campaign stood at $1,012,300 as of May 1 with pledges from 1,100 donors.

In addition to Annual Campaign dollars, which are flexible in their use, the Federation also raised nearly $100,000 in grant and corporate sponsorship funds, bringing the total philanthropic dollars raised this year to $1,118,858.

“The $1 million milestone is equal parts psychological and practical. For four years, our community has been under this line, and crossing this only shows us that we are a winning team through the projects we are funding and the people we are helping and connecting,” said Socash. “We are expanding the definition of ‘need’ to include the need to connect, to plan, to offer identity-building programs, and to leave a legacy for our future.”

As a means to fulfill those goals, she said the fundraising calendar was actually shortened this year, running Nov. 1 through Passover. “This allows more time for community building,” Socash said.


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