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UJA Collected $287.5m in 1980

The United Jewish Appeal collected $287,538,000 in 1980 for support of humanitarian needs of the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world, Edgar Cadden, UJA national cash chairman, announced. The total represents an increase of almost $7.5 million over 1979.

Cadden said these funds represent allocations transmitted to UJA for overseas programs, from campaigns conducted by some 200 federated communities and more than 400 non-federated communities throughout the country.

He said that $83,367,000 of the 1980 total was received in December, with $21,800,000 of that figure coming in on the last day of the month. While congratulating communities on this achievement, Cadden noted that it underscores a continuing national problem of uneven cash flow to the Jewish Agency in Israel and to the worldwide operations of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the principal beneficiary agencies of UJA.

“The programs and services we support require cash payment throughout the year,” Cadden said. “This erratic cash flow had made it necessary for the Jewish Agency to borrow huge sums at extremely high interest rates simply to meet daily expenses.”

To alleviate this critical situation in 1981, Cadden suggested that all communities follow the lead of several larger federations, transmitting annual allocations to UJA in proportionate monthly amounts, rather than in one or two lump sum payments.

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