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JCFR allocates more than $2.1 million to local, regional and international partners

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By Sara Rosenbaum
Chief Impact Officer

After a successful Federation Annual Campaign, which raised more than $3.2 million, the Allocations Committee has allocated more than $2.1 million, a 15% increase from the previous year.

The past year included COVID Relief initiatives as well as a major effort to ensure that the important and ongoing work of our local, regional, and international partners could continue for years to come. Including allocated, supplemental and donor-designated funds, the financial impact to the community and overseas is $2,904,503 for this 2021-2022 fiscal year.

The Federation remains proud to be able to continue the unrestricted allocations to our core local agencies that will be receiving their second of a three-year guaranteed allocation.

Three-Year Model

In the fall of 2019, the JCFR Board approved this three-year strategic allocation model. The model includes funding toward Local Unrestricted, Israel & Overseas, Regional and Local Restricted Grants, based on the results of the 2020 Campaign.

Three-year unrestricted allocation for the 5 main agencies

  • Weinstein JCC – $245,000
  • Jewish Family Services – $120,000
  • Beth Sholom Senior Living – $165,000
  • Rudlin Torah Academy – $140,000
  • JCFR – $340,000

In February 2021, on the recommendation of the Allocations Committee, the Federation Executive Committee pre-allocated $120,000 to several local agencies from a special Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Health & Human Matching Fund.

The Richmond community had easily secured these funds based on the generosity of our Annual Campaign donors to raise additional new and increased dollars.

Based on the requirements of the Matching Fund, these funds were required to be allocated to the following needs:

  • Local service agencies that serve primarily Jewish community members with:
  • Emergency financial aid, including cash grants for housing, food, medical care and other essentials for individuals and families.
  • Increased food assistance, including expansion of pantries, grocery gift cards and meal programs.
  • Mental and physical health and safety, including enhanced staffing, trauma counseling and personal protective equipment in residential programs and other caregivers serving seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Community stability, including emergency operating support and professional expertise for local Jewish human service and educational agencies, as well as job/professional skill training services.

These early allocations were granted to:

  • JFS – $67,000 – For both the Jewish Care Line and JFS operating expenses
  • Beth Sholom – $40,000 – For emergency operation support stability dollars
  • Weinstein JCC – $10,000 – For summer camp preparation for a COVID nurse and other COVID-related items
  • Indigent Burial – $3,000 – For the increased needs in the community indigent burial fund.

JCFR continues to be committed to supporting a variety of other local and regional agencies. These include youth groups, education organizations, Hillels across the Commonwealth of Virginia and more. This year the Allocations Committee recommended the following, which were approved by the JCFR Board:

  • Aleph Bet Preschool – $15,000
  • BBYO – $15,000
  • Birthright Israel – $1,000
  • GMU Hillel – $5,000
  • JELF – $1,000
  • Jewish Student Union – $15,000
  • Jewish VCU – $10,500
  • JMU – $2,000
  • Radford – $1,000
  • Richmond Coalition for Jewish Education – $16,000
  • UVA Hillel – $5,000
  • VT Hillel – $5,000
  • William & Mary Hillel – $2,000

Programmatic Grants

The Federation also provides programmatic grants to our local agencies and synagogues to offer community-based programs to support and build Jewish Community in new and exciting ways.

This year we are pleased to fund 15 programmatic grants as a result of the 2021 Campaign — 7 of which are new.

The programs receiving grants this year are:

  • Beth-El Cemetery Corp/Kavod v’Nichum – Chevrah Kadisha Program – $8,000
  • Brith Achim – Children’s Service Initiative – $1,500
  • Friendship Circle – Day at the Diamond – $5,000
  • Friendship Circle – Friends at Home – $5,000
  • JCFR- Community Grant Writer – $12,000
  • Jewish Life at VCU – Student Engagement Program – $25,000
  • JFS – Jewish Care Line – $50,000
  • JFS/Beth Sholom – Hospice – $10,000
  • KBI – J-LEAP – $15,000
  • Or Atid – Gan Chesed – $10,000
  • RTA – Scholarships – $30,000
  • RTA – IDEAL – $18,000
  • VHM – New Exhibit – $15,000
  • Weinstein JCC – Scholarships – $35,000
  • Weinstein JCC – EnRich – $15,000

COVID Unrestricted Grants

During this unprecedented year, the Federation also wanted to support our local organizations that were significantly impacted financially during the pandemic.

The community’s generosity to the 2021 Annual Campaign allowed this to take place. The committee also allocated additional unrestricted funds for COVID-19 support to:

  • Weinstein JCC – $52,900
  • Beth Sholom Senior Living – $83,410
  • Israel and Overseas

Israel and Overseas

The Federation has and will always be committed to the work of our overseas partners around the world and in Israel.

We continue to see this work as a top priority in balance with the support we give at home in Richmond. The Israel and Overseas committee will meet to allocate the recommended 30% of the allocable pool.

A total of $633,140 will be allocated and will be split between the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), JFNA and elective I&O programs.

Look for a future Reflector article for the decisions of the Israel and Overseas committee.

“After a very different year, the Allocations Committee came together to ensure we made the best possible decisions for the health of our community, both locally and internationally. I’m impressed with the thought and dedication of the committee and thank them for undertaking this important work,” said Allocation’s Chair Josh Goldberg.

We thank the committee for their diligence during this truly unexpected and difficult year – Josh Goldberg; Chair; Ellen Renee Adams, Phyllis Ellenbogen, Seth Feibelman, Ron Felmus, David Galpern, Helen Griffin, Howard Goldfine, Seth Kaplan, Jordan Perin, Richard Samet, Rob Slotnick, Elliot Warsof, Bob Weisberger, Franklin Wolf, and Amanda Young.

For more information, contact Sara Rosenbaum at srosenbaum@jewishrichmond.org.

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