By Pamela Klier-Weidner
Director of Development and Organizational Advancement, JCUA
What a great start to JCUA’s 50th year!
JCUA is among a number of Jewish organizations across the country that will receive a total of more than $490,000 in grants from a matching fund supported by seven foundations in partnership with the Jewish Funders Network. In addition to JCUA, Jewish organizations that fight human trafficking, promote environmental sustainability and train community organizers are among those to receive the funds.
This means that we will have more resources in early 2014 to make positive and lasting change in Chicago, thanks to the Jewish Funders Network and a very generous individual donor to JCUA.
Seventeen organizations are sharing portions of the $490,000, in grants ranging in size from $15,000 to $50,000. They are:
Amir; AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps; Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice; Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice — LA; IKAR; Jewish Council on Urban Affairs; Jewish Disaster Response Corps; Jews for Racial and Economic Justice; JOIN for Justice; MAZON; National Council of Jewish Women; Shalom Bayit; T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights; Tivnu: Building Justice; and Urban Adamah.
But that’s only part of the story. This spring, JFN will award another $500,000, making this a $1 million national donation program.
We are only days into our 50th anniversary year and I already have two big thank-yous to make.
First, to the local individual, foundation and corporate donors who have sustained our work since 1964. And second, to the foundations supporting the fund: the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation; Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation; Nathan Cummings Foundation; Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation; Dorot Foundation; Walter & Elise Haas Fund; and Righteous Persons Foundation.
JFN’s matching grants initiatives are part of an innovative strategy to increase the base contributions of major funders for a given field of Jewish philanthropy. Since its inception in 2004, matching grant initiatives run by JFN have generated more than $80 million in new funding for such causes as Jewish education and day schools, helping the Jewish elderly and poor, environmental protection in Israel, and Israeli nonprofits.
How is JCUA using our donations to make Chicago a better place? Find out by exploring our Momentum Map, showing all of the spots in the Chicago area where we had an impact in the past 12 months.
And stay tuned for much more information about the special programs we have in store for our 50th year. To keep informed, sign up for our blog using the box at the right of this page; and subscribe to our emails.