MIAMI (May. 11)
The executive committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, responding to a warning that local Jewish institutions faced allocation cuts of as much as 30 percent because of declining Federation income from annual fund-raising efforts, approved today a plan for a study group to consider sweeping changes in the federation structure.
The warning was given to a special meeting of the committee by Arthur S. Rosichan, executive director, who reported that the federation’s 1961 Combined Jewish Appeal was expected to bring in eight to 10 percent less than the $1,400, 000 raised in 1960. “We are reducing our local agencies anywhere from 25 to 30 percent in budget allocations, ” the director told the committee, adding that the allocations committee had not experienced “any fewer applicants for help. “
He blamed the anticipated drop in fund collections on the fact that “too few communal leaders and not enough big givers are actively involved in the Federation.” He reported that “we have tried to involve them, yet we must recognize this reality — that many of our big givers and staunch supporters who have worked arduously in previous years are not active any longer. “
He proposed naming of a committee to develop “new leadership –aggressive leadership to meet the problems of today” and to work out a complete overhaul of the federation’s campaign machinery. That proposal was approved.