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74 Community Campaigns This Year Top 1961 Giving by Average of 18%

Jewish community campaigns in the United States are registering, so far, an average 18 percent increase in giving, as compared with 1961, the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds reported here today. The report was based on a survey of 74 communities, exclusive of New York City, which raised $58,000,000 last year. These communities, the survey showed, have already raised four-fifths of last year’s totals.

Large variations were reported by various communities, the survey showed. The range of increased giving over last year was as low as six percent and as high as 33 percent, according to the statistics. An average increase of 18.3 percent was reported by communities with a Jewish population of 40,000 and over; 17 percent in cities with Jewish populations ranging from 15,000 to 40,000; 14.9 percent average increase in towns having between 5,000 and 15,000 Jews; and an average 19.7 increase in communities with less than 5,000 Jews. Baltimore led the list of the larger cities with an increase of 21.9 percent.

The CJFWF is the association of 215 Jewish federations, welfare funds and community councils which serve areas with over 95 percent of the Jews in the United States and Canada. The report on the status of this year’s contributions was made by John D. Feinberg, of Toronto, chairman of the CJFWF campaign committee; and Marvin Glasspiegel, of Milwaukee, and Herbert Schiff, of Columbus, vice chairmen of that committee.

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