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Is $3.5M campaign the new normal?

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Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:00 am

Most of us want to see allocation numbers trending upward for the various Jewish agencies and schools to which the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix gives. Yet, especially after having gone through the worst economic turmoil in generations, we know that’s not always possible.

Belt-tightening at the federation began in earnest in 2009. The 2008 Campaign for Jewish Needs came in at $5.2 million, down from $6 million in 2007. The federation, however, funded local needs at $1.9 million, nearly the same amount as the previous year, “making up the difference by shrinking its own budget through a reduction in staff, a freeze on hiring, changes in employee benefits and the elimination of salary increases for the coming fiscal year,” as Jewish News reported in July 2009.

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