NEW YORK (Nov. 3)
A series of resolutions on national-local communal organizational relationships, unified and stable fund-raising, local budgeting problems, communal representation on the boards of national agencies and the United Jewish Appeal’s urgent need for cash was adopted at the annual conference of the Southwestern Region of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, it was announced here today by the Council.
The resolution on national-local relationships recommended that communities provide “necessary local committees or other channels for considering national problems and bringing them to the attention of local boards for action and decisions.” It was urged that individual communities “take no action nor allocate funds on problems affecting support of newly organized national agencies or any other major national-local problems without mutual consultation with other communities and the CJFWF.” In another resolution, the delegates voted to establish a regional committee on national-local relationships to work out cooperative arrangements with national agencies regarding conferences and other activities. National agencies were urged not to schedule regional meetings without prior consultation with the new committee.
Reiterating the “right and responsibility” of the local community to “determine its goals and the allocation of all monies it raises,” the delegates passed another resolution requesting national agencies to base their fund raising quotas on the realities of their actual needs and to consider practical factors, in addition to psychological considerations, as to the amounts which can be raised. National agencies were also urged to include “a fair and just representation” of leaders recommended by local communities on their boards. A resolution citing the “need for immediate cash funds for the U.J.A.,” was passed by the conference, which requested each community to “make the maximum amount of cash available to the U.J.A.” The conference also called for continued cooperation between the national agencies and the C.J.F.W.F.