“The allocation of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ resources is a detailed and thoughtful 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,” Unified Allocations Council Chairwoman Maxine Murnick said in a press release.
A breakdown of the allocations shows that: 20 percent is for creating a vibrant community; 14 percent is for caring and inclusion programs; 16 percent is for financial resource development; 14 percent is for support services; 13 percent is for overseas core funding; 11 percent is for connections to Israel and overseas; and 12 percent is for community planning, agency and contingencies. Specifically:
- $3.9 million was allocated to creating a vibrant community, including connecting more people to Jewish life and learning, enhancing their lives and shaping who they are as individuals and as a community now and for generations to come;
- $2.7 million to caring and inclusion, including caring and advocacy for Jewish people in need, locally and overseas, by providing resources and support and creating a community where people of all abilities are valued and able to participate;
- $5.9 million to financial resource development and support services, including managing the multiple programs, administering the strong endowment and raising funds to invest in the future of the Greater MetroWest Jewish community;
- $2.5 million to overseas core funding, including providing aid, relief, and community building projects in Israel and communities overseas through partnerships with Jewish Agency for Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and World ORT;
- $2.4 million to community planning, agency services and contingencies, including investing in strategic guidance, leadership and expertise for community partners, enabling collaborative planning and communitywide resources; and
- $2.2 million to building connections to Israel and overseas, including supporting initiatives that create strong connections to Israel and overseas communities and empower people to advocate for Israel.
“This is how your gifts to the UJA Annual Campaign are put to work,” Murnick said. “Our Federation allocations committees are committed to ensuring that the gifts you make to the UJA Annual Campaign have the greatest impact possible. We consider how best to leverage the dollars available to improve the lives of millions of people in Greater MetroWest, in Israel and around the world.”