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December 14, 2018  RSS feed
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Super Sunday yields record-breaking results


Volunteers took to their phones on Super Sunday to solicit donations for the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties Annual Campaign, raising more than $240,000 in a matter of hours. Volunteers took to their phones on Super Sunday to solicit donations for the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties Annual Campaign, raising more than $240,000 in a matter of hours. Super Sunday, held on Dec. 2, secured more than $240,000 in commitments to the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties’ 2019 fundraising campaign, continuing a three-year streak of increased donations during the one-day fundraising initiative.

And, following the Super Sunday result, the amount pledged to the 2019 Campaign has already surpassed the $1 million mark. The Federation aims to raise at least $1,750,000 from all charitable sources this year.

Funds raised on Super Sunday and from other activities are combined and deployed in the following budget year, starting July 1, for support of the local and international Jewish community.

Over the years, the Federation has varied the timing of the phone-a-thon, holding it in the fall and spring.


(L-R) James Lugo, Alex Sembler, Maxine Kaufman, Emilie Socash, Diana Morin, Rebecca Berger and Jackie Wertel in front of the Super Sunday tote board. (L-R) James Lugo, Alex Sembler, Maxine Kaufman, Emilie Socash, Diana Morin, Rebecca Berger and Jackie Wertel in front of the Super Sunday tote board. “By reaching our community in the fall or winter, we find that we’re able to have more conversations and get the opportunity to say thank you,” said Emilie Socash, executive director of the Federation, as opposed to later in the year when many donors have responded to mail appeals.

“The in-person conversations are so meaningful and unique,” agreed Ezra Singer, president of the Federation.

Over three dozen volunteers spent time during the event’s 4-hour time block calling past donors, writing thank-you cards and creating Happy Hanukkah cards for Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services to use with a variety of their clients.

Super Sunday 2018 came on the heels of Giving Tuesday, which the Federation used to take advantage of the generous match offered by Facebook and Pay- Pal, which allowed for donations made through the Federation’s Facebook profile to be matched on the morning of Tuesday, Nov.23, until $7 million in matching funds had been exhausted.

Gifts received that morning totaled more than $28,000, much of which will be matched.

Commitments made on Super Sunday and pledges that continue to be made in support of the Federation’s 2019-20 budget are payable by Dec. 31, 2019.

For more information about how funds from the Federation’s fundraising campaign are used, and to learn about how you can make a gift to support the Federation’s work, visit www.jewishpinellas.org.


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