New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies to Open $15,000,000 Drive Sunday

A $15,000,000 drive will be launched by the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York at a dinner for 1,500 business, civic and community leaders on October 7, Norman S. Goetz, president of the organization, announced today. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey will open the drive.

The proceeds of the campaign, the largest annual maintenance sum in the history of the Federation, will be used to support 116 affiliated health and social service organizations in Greater New York until June 30, 1948. Mr. Goetz and Victor S. Reisenfeld, chairman of the campaign, emphasized that the need for so large a sum stems from the peak operational costs of the hospitals and other organizations participating in the Federation’s activities.

They declared that “this year’s budget represents the minimum needs under which we can prevent a curtailment or reduction of vital services, which were used by more than 350,000 men, women and children of all races and religions in New York City.” Mr. Goetz revealed that last year the Federation network operated with an estimated deficit of more than $1,600,000 over the allotments voted to it in May, 1946. One month after that budget was voted, he said, OPA controls were lifted and “prices that were already high, rose still higher, wages moved upwarl, and in fact the entire cost of helping soared.”

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