Federation grants over $9.3 million for 2017-2018

The allocation of our resources is a painstaking and thought-provoking process that includes hundreds of volunteer hours discussing priorities and ultimately deciding how to allocate the dollars we raise each year through the UJA Annual Campaign.

Our allocations leadership concluded its decision-making process in the spring for the 2017-18 program year. So now, as the year gets into full swing, we are presenting this series of articles to share how these dollars have been allocated and the impact they are making in our community. This first article will give you a bird’s-eye view of our overall allocations of $9.3 million to organizations both at home and overseas. 

Fifty-three percent of the grant dollars stayed locally – approximately half of these are unrestricted and half are program-specific grants all to our local partner agencies and Federation Programs and Services that provide direct programming to our partner agencies and the community (see list). Program-specific grants were based on needs and priorities recognized by our agencies and Federation’s Board of Trustees. Examples include senior transportation, social workers placed directly in synagogues to reach a larger population, kosher meals on wheels, needs-based scholarships for pre-school and day camps, Israel engagement activities, and the creation of a Greater MetroWest Hillel for our local college campuses.

Forty-five percent of the grant dollars were allocated overseas.  Of these dollars, 62.5 percent went to support core services through our partners The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and World ORT. These agencies provide rescue and relief, community building, and basic social services to Jewish communities in Israel and 70 countries around the world.  The other 37.5 percent of the overseas allocation went to program-specific grants including a Jewish family camp in Cherkassy, Ukraine; support for teen youth group activities in Kiev; educational support for Ethiopians in Israel; and programming to support religious pluralism in Israel.

Nationally, our allocations are “small but mighty” (2 percent) and help to show our Federation’s support for the efforts of organizations working on behalf of the larger North American Jewish community.  These allocations include United Against a Nuclear Iran, American Jewish Committee, Israel Action Network, and BBYO, just to name a few.

These are your dollars at work! Your gift to the UJA Annual Campaign stays locally and travels across the U.S. and overseas to impact the lives of millions of individuals each year. In a few weeks, the second in this series of articles will take a deeper dive into our local allocations to explore the many ways we are providing essential services here at home.