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Major U.S. Jewish Agencies Spent $99,322,836 Last Year

The results of a survey on the spending of the major Jewish agencies in the United States during 1953 were made public here today by the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. The survey shows that 46 beneficiary organizations of Jewish welfare funds spent $99,322,836 during the last year, about $4,000,000 less than in the previous year.

The same organizations–which include the United Jewish Appeal, other overseas agencies, community relations, cultural, religious, health and national service agencies–received $98,871,320 from the welfare funds in 1953. The CJFWF shows that the major decline, $4,500,000, was in disbursements of the United Jewish Appeal and other overseas agencies. At the same time, expenditures of the other 37 agencies, all national organizations functioning in the United States and Canada, rose by about $700,000.

“Despite the decline in UJA receipts, more money was available for Israel causes in 1953 than the previous,” the report says. “This was due to greater JDC-Malben appropriations and increased income for activities in Israel by other overseas agencies. Five of the eight overseas agencies reported that they had received more money in 1953 than in 1952.”

Total funds available for Israel in 1953 amounted to $67,172,743, as compared with $65,198,026 in 1952. Other overseas aid totalled $11,392,770 in 1953 as against $12,759,232 in 1952. The grand total in overseas aid in 1953 was $78,565,513. In 1952 it amounted to $77,957,258.

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