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Baltimore Jewish Campaign to Close with $3,472,000; Increase Reported

The 1966 Combined Campaign of the Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund will close with an estimated $3,472,000 for an increase of 7.5 percent over last year, according to Irving Blum, general chairman. This will represent a gain of approximately $241,000 over the 1965 campaign total of $3,231,000.

Included in these estimated totals are 630 new gifts worth $60,000 in the general campaign, and 1,269 new gifts worth nearly $9,500 in the Women’s Division. More than 20,000 separate gifts to the 1966 campaign will be recorded, Mr. Blum pointed out, when the books are actually closed.

Although these figures are encouraging, Mr. Blum said, they actually fall substantially short of the $430,000 projected as the minimum required increase based on carefully-screened agency budgets. “I am proud to say, however,” Mr. Blum commented, “that Baltimore has made real progress toward a breakthrough in its level of giving to the combined campaign. Since 1965, we have definitely moved up from the ‘plateau of giving’ of previous years. Now we can realistically set our sights on making Baltimore a $4,000,000 community.”

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