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Study on Voluntary Fund-raising in Israel Started by U.S. Expert

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A study of voluntary fund-raising in Israel has been initiated under the auspices of the Jewish Agency with the cooperation and assistance of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds in New York, it was announced here today. The study is being conducted by William Avrunin, associate director of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Detroit.

The study, as projected by the Agency and the Council, has the following objectives: 1. To collect and assemble the facts about voluntary fund-raising as it now exists in Israel; 2. To help define the needs for voluntary support in the next several years; and 3. To analyze the potential for voluntary fund-raising in Israel.

Among the facts that the survey will seek to gather are: the extent of voluntary fund-raising for welfare, health, immigrant adjustment, education, cultural and related activities; the amounts raised in each category and the total for all; who is doing the voluntary fund-raising; the methods; the purposes; the problems.

In addition, the project will relate the findings to other resources for financing Israel philanthropic causes, including voluntary contributions outside of Israel, government aid and endowments, and such self-supporting activities as earnings, fees, and tuition. The study is also to collect data on income levels, and on factors which encourage giving. It is anticipated that the study will take six months.

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