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July 15, 2016  RSS feed

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Federation allocations increase for second year; funding of Israel programs broadens

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties surpassed the $1 millon mark in its Annual Campaign fundraising, allowing for expansion of allocations and program investments, both locally and around the world.

The Federation raises money through its Annual Campaign and directed giving and then acts as the “eyes and ears” of the community in funding programs and organizations of highest need.

This year’s allocations went into effect on July 1 and will be distributed throughout the year; the funding decisions made this year exceeded the 2015-16 year by more than $275,000.

On a local level, all beneficiaries were granted increased allocations over last year’s amount, and with the exception of Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services’ counseling center program, all requests were granted in full.

To better represent the impact and priority of Federation funding in the local community and around the globe, eight funding areas have been established and in the coming year, donors will have the opportunity to direct gifts per their interest to one or more of these funding areas.

Funding area allocations

Building Jewish identity and culture ($301,657, 26 percent of total allocations) This area encompasses all programs that energize Jewish identity, including Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the Federation’s PJ Library and young family programming. Additionally, this area covers popular programs like the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, Heritage Day at the Rays, Young Adult Division and Federation affinity groups, and Federation sponsorship of smaller community-wide events. Funding toward Birthright Israel and the Tampa Bay Jewish Educators Council is also included here, as well as camp and Israel scholarships.

Caring for our most vulnerable ($231,590, 20 percent) Through the work of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Jewish War Veterans, Menorah Manor, Jewish Burial Society, and Benjamin Tower Foundation, those in the most need are taken care of. Beyond our region, support of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society helps those internationally in need.

Israel programs ($176,000, 16 percent) In addition to core funding through the Federation’s national headquarters, this funding area includes elected programs that change from year to year in order to meet the greatest needs on the ground in Israel. Recent areas of focus have included youth at risk, Ethiopian olim, food insecurity, and protection from and response to terror.

Fundraising and administration ($141,503, 12 percent) This includes the cost of doing business as a federation: keeping the doors open, the lights on, and basic duties to run the organization. Staff and overhead is assigned here after determining the portion of total staff and overhead to be assigned to other areas above.

Community education, partnership, and planning ($115,811, 10 percent) This area encompasses the leadership role that the Federation takes in bringing together agencies through the Leadership Council; the local Federation’s participation in the national system’s FairShare program; community-wide education programs (speakers and general-interest events); gift and future planning; and portions of the Federation’s website.

Israel education and advocacy ($83,606, 8 percent) This area encompasses the Jewish Community Relations Committee, events related to promoting Israel, Israel Independence Day, relationships with the national Jewish Council of Public Affairs, advocacy training programs such as the Israel Action Network’s Community Impact Program, and ongoing community and professional training, including inter-agency relationship-building through Israel speakers and programming.

Information resource and referral ($68,253, 6 percent) This area encompasses Federation support of the Jewish Press, direct work with agencies on promoting their own programs through the community calendar and e-newsletter; and the Federation’s one-on-one concierge services to those who call and email the office looking for advice and referrals. Beyond Federation services, this funding area also includes the Federation’s relationships with and support of the Florida Association of Jewish Federations and Jewish Educational Loan Fund.

Innovative community-building ($18,000, 2 percent) This area encompasses the Federation’s new Innovation Grant Program, the dollars from which have gone to fund programs across the community in each of the areas listed here.

Within these funding priorities, allocations were made to specific agencies and organizations for 2016-17.

Local organizations

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services: $152,000, an increase of $23,500 over last year. Funding will support Jewish Family Services counseling center activities, the Koved emergency fund, and the Holocaust survivor support program.

The Jewish Press: $62,000, an increase of $17,000 over last year. Funding will support increased home delivery of the paper and the 2016-17 Connections Magazine.

Hillels of the Florida Suncoast: $21,000, an increase of $4,000. Funding will support Jewish programs at Eckerd College and an expansion of Shabbat and Scubi Jew activities.

Menorah Manor: $16,340, an increase of $477. Funding will support community rabbinical activities, particularly for end-of-life care.

Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County: $10,000, an increase of $2,500 over last year. Funding will continue to maintain the grounds and also allow for the planting of numerous oak trees throughout the property.

Philip Benjamin Tower: $10,000, an increase of $640. Funding will support the Shabbat dinner program.

Florida Holocaust Museum: $10,000, an increase of $5,050 over last year. Funding will support educational material and marketing of two exhibitions throughout the year and Federation partnership programs.

Sunday Simcha: $3,500, a new allocation that will build a partnership between the Federation and the weekly radio show.

Jewish War Veterans: $2,000, an increase of $66 over last year. Funding will support VA hospital visits and care packages.

Tampa Bay Consular Corps: $1,000, an increase of $500 over last year. Funding will be used for a Holocaust essay scholarship program in conjunction with International Holocaust Day of Remembrance.

Tampa Bay Jewish Educators Council: $1,000. Funding will support the area’s annual Jewish Education Day teacher conference.

Federation programming

• $20,000 was set aside to fund teen travel to Israel. Teens who receive monies from this program will be asked to design a local program to prepare for their journey and bring their learning home.

• A “Federation Fellows” program, funded with $25,000, will welcome five young adults as regular volunteers for the Federation who will each receive a full scholarship for the JFNA Young Adult summer mission to Israel at the end of their yearlong volunteer term. A portion of this funding will also support partial subsidies for the same mission.

• As part of the Federation’s “Partnership 2gether” program with the Hadera-Eiron region, two educators from our region will be offered a free trip to Israel in December 2016. Funding of both the Partnership 2gether effort and an additional funding specifically designated to cover airfare will ensure that the educators selected will have a meaningful experience.

• The Federation will also be launching a community-wide arts, culture, and education initiative with funding of $65,000. A portion of this funding will match the state of Florida’s grant monies earned for this fiscal year totaling $18,200 ($7,500 for the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and $10,700 for Israel cultural events); the remainder will be used to fund and promote events and engagement opportunities across the community, both in partnership with synagogues and agencies as well as stand-alone projects.

• The Innovation Grant program will continue with funding of $18,000 this year and will be available to organizations that either did not receive funding in the last cycle or are on their way to completion of their first Innovation Grant.

• The Covenant Fund, which provides scholarship monies for children seeking a Jewish summer camp experience, will continue at the $19,000 level, and PJ Library was funded at $40,500, allowing for the Federation to continue sending out 400 books monthly as well as offer family programming throughout the year.

• In partnership with Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, the Federation is taking the lead on a regional demographic study, which was funded over five years at $12,500 per year.

National/ international groups

Nine new Israeli or Israel-related organizations were added to the list of recipient organizations.

Partnership 2gether: $15,000, continuing allocation which supports the sister city relationship with the Hadera-Eiron region.

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Wings: $10,000, a program offering services and continuing support for lone soldiers.

JAFI Nativ: $10,000, a program promoting Jewish heritage education for immigrant IDF soldiers.

JAFI Alma: $5,000, a pre-army academy for female leadership.

JAFI Aliyah of rescue: $5,000, to rescue Jews from the farthest reaches.

Israel Action Network: $1,000, promoting North American action and advocacy on behalf of Israel.

Society for Protection of Nature in Israel: $500, funding sustainability projects across Israel.

Friends of Akim: $500, supporting Jewish inclusion and empowerment for those in Israel with disabilities, offering job training.

Telem program: $1,000, supporting educational, vocational, and housing opportunities for Ethiopian Israelis.

Orr Shalom: $2,000, providing summer camp experiences for Israeli foster kids.

Leket: $5,000, an increase of $3,000, making possible the continued growth of this efficient meal rescue program which takes institutional unused meals and serves them to people in need within 24 hours.

Continued funding is going to the following:

Jewish Federations of North America Overseas Core funding: $120,000.

Jewish Federations of North America “Fair Share”: $38,709, for participation and national support in our Federation involvement.

Ethiopian National Project: $17,000, an increase of $2,000. The organization focuses its efforts on Ethiopian-Israeli teens in integrating them into society through a unique partnership approach, bringing together funding and programs of social service organizations, the government of Israel, Jewish Federations of North America, and more.

Birthright Israel: $5,000, increased from $2,500, supporting the national effort to send young adults to Israel for free.

Jewish Council for Public Affairs: $1,100, to support the mission of media literacy, accuracy in Middle East reporting, and ongoing training endeavors.

Florida Association of Jewish Federations: $1,100, for ongoing legislative briefings and lobbying representation.

Jewish Educational Loan Fund: $1,000, an increase of $100, for support of last-dollar scholarship funding for Jewish students in and beyond our area.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: $250, to show support for the international work of rescuing and supporting refugees.

Federation Director Emilie Socash said, “The Federation always welcomes community input and participation in the allocations process and seeks new members of the Allocations Committee for a year-long commitment.”

Anyone interested in joining the committee is asked to contact Diana Morin at for more information.

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