The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix has announced that it has allocated nearly $1.8 million for 2017, with $1.4 million for local Jewish agencies, schools and programs, and $345,000 to support Jewish needs in Israel and around the world.
The federation’s strategic partners received a total of $979,520, which will be distributed to the Bureau of Jewish Education ($50,000); Gesher Disability Resources, formerly the Council for Jews with Special Needs ($30,330); the East Valley JCC ($74,340); Hillel at Arizona State University ($75,600); Jewish Family & Children’s Service ($237,600); Valley Beit Midrash ($20,700); and the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center ($490,950).
School partners received a total of $116,325, each receiving $165 per student enrolled in early 2017. The schools are Desert Jewish Academy, Pardes Jewish Day School, Phoenix Hebrew Academy, Shearim Torah High School for Girls, Torah Day School of Phoenix and Yeshiva High School of Arizona.
The Federation has three core impact areas for program grants: seniors, NowGen and Israel advocacy.
In the seniors impact area, the Jewish Federation Senior Rides Program received $73,000 in allocations, an increase from last year’s $58,000. An additional $8,000 was raised for senior rides, bringing the total amount for the senior rides program to $81,000 for 2017, according to Barry Markson, chair of the Federation’s Community Planning Commission.
Donors can give directly to the senior rides program and all funds go to senior rides, Markson noted. “We’re seeing an incredible response to the senior rides program and the demand continues to increase,” he said.
Other programs in the senior impact area are the JFCS Senior Concierge ($38,000), Smile on Seniors ($13,500), Kivel Campus of Care religious services ($5,000) and the Wise Aging Program ($6,000), which is a joint project of the Federation and the Bureau of Jewish Education.
Under the Israel advocacy impact area, the Federation renewed the funding of the Israel advocacy staff position shared by the Hillel Jewish Student Center and Jewish Arizonans on Campus ($50,000) and BBYO’s Speak up for Israel program ($10,000). The Israel American Council-Arizona, which represents a partnership between the Federation and IAC (it was formerly the Federation’s Israel Center) received $45,000.
Grant recipients for the NowGen initiative for Jewish adults ages 22-45 are the Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix for Jewish genetic screenings ($5,600), Moishe House Phoenix ($25,000) and The Friendship Circle’s Young Adult Circle ($5,000). In addition, the Federation’s NowGen program received $50,000.
The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee were allocated $345,000, split evenly between the two agencies, for their humanitarian work with Jews in need in Israel and across the world.
Additionally, Jewish Free Loan has been named as the Federation’s first community partner. This newly created category allows the Federation to recognize and partner with “outstanding, local organizations that do incredible work, but do not currently fit its funding structure,” according to a release. At this time there is no funding connected to this, Markson said.
The 2015 annual campaign closed with $3.5 million from 2,398 donors. The 2016 annual campaign closed with $3.4 million.
Federation allocations are reviewed and recommended by the Community Planning Commission, then approved by the Federation’s board of directors.
“We’re proud to continue to work with all of our partners and schools to better the local, national and international Jewish community,” Markson said. “The CPC and federation takes its job protecting and enhancing the Jewish community very seriously, so that donors can be assured that their money is going to worthy causes that provide a big impact.”