N.Y. federation campaign falls 11 percent

NEW YORK (JTA) — The country’s largest Jewish federation announced that its 2008-09 fund-raising campaign dropped 11.5 percent from the previous year.

UJA-Federation of New York said it brought in $136 million, down from $153.7 million.

Its announcement comes after the umbrella organization for the federation system, the United Jewish Communities, announced last week that the combined campaigns for the federations were up 1.3 percent over the previous year, but that total fund raising for the current year was off by 13 percent.

Despite the decrease, the New York federation said it was encouraged by its numbers.

While the general fund-raising campaign was down, the federation raised $215.3 million in total, including $60.5 million in Planned Giving & Endowments, for an overall increase of 1 percent.

“Down campaigns are never easy, but by most accounts, down 11.5 percent is still extraordinary in this changed economic world," the president and CEO of the federation, John Ruskay, said in a news release. "Raising $136 million reflects the faith and recognition of the unique role of UJA-Federation in providing the infrastructure for caring, and Jewish education for the Jewish people locally and globally.

"This year was exceedingly challenging for every nonprofit. Closing at $136 million is a huge accomplishment.”

Here’s the press release:

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UJA-FEDERATION OF NEW YORK RAISES $136 MILLION FOR 2009 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN AN ENORMOUS ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE MIDST OF WORST RECESSION SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION

Money raised will aid 4.5 million people in New York, in Israel, and Around the World New York, NY, July 1, 2009 ‹ UJA-Federation of New York officials announced that $136 million has been raised for its 2009 Annual Campaign. Although this is a decrease of 11.5 percent from the previous fiscal year, these are strong result considering the economic climate.  In total, UJA-Federation raised $215.3 million, including $60.5 million in Planned Giving & Endowments, for an overall increase of 1 percent.

“In any given year, for a local charity to raise this amount of money is impressive,” said John M. Shapiro, president of UJA-Federation. “To generate these results in such a difficult economic climate requires the efforts of a terrific and dedicated staff that is deeply committed to helping those in need. Our donors recognize that at this time of economic crisis many people are feeling enormous pain and need even greater assistance. They have stepped up because they understand that their response is critical.”

“Donors trust the experience and professionalism UJA-Federation provides as an organization, and they have confidence that the funds are allocated in the most beneficial way, especially in these troubling economic times,” explained Jerry W. Levin, chair of the board.

“At a time when increasing numbers focus their philanthropic resources on institutions close at hand and specific causes that resonate with them, we ask donors to provide significant resources to support individuals, families, and communities that aren¹t necessarily part of their lives,” said John S. Ruskay, executive vice president & CEO.

“Down campaigns are never easy, but by most accounts, down 11.5 percent is still extraordinary in this changed economic world. Raising $136 million reflects the faith and recognition of the unique role of UJA-Federation in providing the infrastructure for caring, and Jewish education for the Jewish people locally and globally,” added Ruskay. “This year was exceedingly challenging for every nonprofit. Closing at $136 million is a huge accomplishment.”

Ruskay saluted the dedication of the organization¹s leadership, including overall campaign chairs, Howard P. Milstein and Linda Mirels; president and chair of the board, John M. Shapiro and Jerry W. Levin; the campaign professional team headed by senior vice presidents Paul Kane and Stuart Tauber; and the volunteers, colleagues, and approximately 65,000 donors whose generosity and commitment will help provide essential services in the coming year.

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About UJA-Federation of New York
The world¹s largest local philanthropy, UJA-Federation of New York cares for those in need, rescues those in harm¹s way, and renews and strengthens the Jewish people in New York, in Israel, and around the world. Funds raised by UJA-Federation sustain the activities of 100 health, human-service, educational, and community agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that improve and enhance people¹s lives. For more information, visit UJA-Federation¹s website at
www.ujafedny.org.
 

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