New York (Sep. 24)
A confident and generally optimistic outlook for fell fund-raising is held by campaign leaders of philanthrepic agenies throughout the country, according to analyses and opinions submitted by them to the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.
In analyzing the effects of cutbacks and reconversion from war to peace as unsettling factors in future giving capacity, Leaders in the welfare field stated that:
1. The immediate general outlook is favorable and a continued optimism is verranted.
2. Cutbacks are temporary factors which may reduce contributions from employees, but other classes of givers are expected to take up the slack.
3. Business people, especially those in manufacturing, have substantial accumulated profits to more than offset any possible lesses.
4. Tax exemptions continue as an incentive to philanthropic giving.
5. Basic factor is psychological attitude. This is the year of liberation and the opportunities for constructive aid abroad are unsurpassed. At home we can plan with courage and imagination for the needs of today and tomorrow.
6. While war chests are on their way back to peace time community chest level els, Jews are still acutely aware of pressing and unsolved Jewish problems.
7. Wall organized communities have the experience and competence to put over effective fall campaigns.
The long range outlook is somewhat more uncertain and will depend on economic and political factors which are now in the making and on which there is disagreement among experts and in Congress, the leaders believe.