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July 14, 2017  RSS feed
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For 3rd year, Federation able to give out more

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties surpassed the $1.5 million mark in its annual fundraising, allowing for expansion of local and international allocations and investment in more programs.

This represents an increase of approximately $260,000 over the previous year’s Annual Campaign fundraising and directed giving.

The money raised by the Federation annually is allocated to agencies in the Pinellas/Pasco region and elsewhere around the globe. The Federation acts as the “eyes and ears” of the community in performing the due diligence required to fund the programs of highest need. This year’s allocations went into effect on July 1 and will be distributed throughout the year.

Specific allocations were made to:

• Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services – $152,000 in annual allocation plus all of the proceeds of a designated Holocaust survivor support appeal that the Federation will publicize in the fall. The 2016 Holocaust survivor support appeal yielded nearly $50,000 across both agencies.

Along with the Holocaust survivor program, Federation allocation will support Jewish Family Services counseling activities and the Koved emergency fund.

• Menorah Manor – $16,830, which is an increase of $490 over last year. Funding will support community rabbinical activities, particularly for end-of-life care.

• Hillels of the Florida Suncoast – $21,000. The money will support Jewish programs at Eckerd College and an expansion of Shabbat and Scubi Jew activities.

Jewish Press – $65,500, an increase of $3,500 over last year. Funding will support home delivery of the paper.

• Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County – $11,000, an increase of $1,000 over last year. Funding will continue to maintain the grounds and also allow for maintenance of expansion activities.

• Philip Benjamin Tower – $10,000. Funding will support the Shabbat dinner program for residents.

• Florida Holocaust Museum – $20,000, an increase of $10,000 over last year. Funding will support the upcoming traveling blockbuster exhibition, “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolph Eichmann.”

• Jewish War Veterans – $2,000. Funding will support VA hospital visits and care packages.

• Tampa Bay Jewish Educators Council – $1,100, an increase of $100. The money will support the area’s annual Jewish Education Day teacher conference events.

• Sunday Simcha – $3,500. This is a new allocation, which will build a partnership between the Federation and the weekly radio show.

Other programs that the Federation chose to fund for the 2017-18 fiscal year include:

• Camp scholarships – $18,000.

• Federation Fellows program – $50,000. Half of the funding will continue the program for its second year, welcoming 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. The other half of the allocation is budgeted for the Fellows to use for a selected program following their Israel experience.

• PartnershipTogether – $15,000. The program, which pairs the Pinellas-Pasco community with the Hadera-Eron region in Israel, will provide support for a group of teens from Israel who will visit in late July.

Shaliach – $60,000. The Federation will bring a community shaliach (ambassador) from Israel to the area beginning in August.

• Arts and culture initiative – $75,000. The Federation will continue its successful arts and culture initiative with a portion of this funding to match the second annual state of Florida grant monies earned for this fiscal year of $24,000; the remainder will be used to fund and promote events and engagement opportunities across the community, both in partnership with local synagogues and agencies as well as standalone projects.

• PJ Library and family programming – $33,000.

Nine new Israeli or Israel-related organizations were added to the list of recipient organizations. Continuing and new internationally related organizations receiving funding from the Federation include:

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

• Jewish Agency for Israel – $45,000 for overseas electives, to be determined throughout the year.

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

• Jewish Federations of North America Overseas Core funding – $155,000.

• Birthright Israel – $5000, supporting the national effort to send young adults to Israel for free.

• Ethiopian National Project – $17,000. The ENP focuses its efforts on integrating Ethiopian- Israeli teens into society by bringing together the resources of social service organizations, the Israeli government, Jewish Federations of North America and others

The Federation also approved continued support of a variety of national organizations, which have meaningful reach within and beyond our community. These include

• Jewish Educational Loan Fund – $1,000, an increase of $100 over last year. The money supports last-dollar scholarship funding for Jewish students in and beyond our area.

• HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) – $250, to show support for the international work of rescuing and supporting refugees.

• 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.

A complete report of the Federation’s charitable revenues and expenses will be available shortly on its website.

The Federation always welcomes community input and participation in the allocations process and seeks new members of the Allocations Committee. If interested, contact Diana Morin at for more information.

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