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Chicago Federation Allocates $6,712,423 for 1966; Honors Block

January 21, 1966
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Allocations totaling $6,712,423 for the 1966 budgets of 12 local, affiliated medical and social service agencies were announced here last night by Abram D. Davis, president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. He made the announcement at the Federation’s 66th anniversary meeting at which the Federation presented its 1965 Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award to Joseph L. Block, a civic leader who was cited as the person “who achieved most in the advancement of the purposes of the Jewish Federation and the welfare of the Jewish community.”

In making public the size of the allocations, Mr. Davis noted that, in 1965, the local affiliated agencies had a record operating budget of $34,000,000, toward which the Federation made appropriations totaling $6,400,000, another new high. “In 1966, he said, “changing community needs and a consequent intensification of Federation agency services will require a total operating budget of $38,000,000.”

Of the total of $6,712,483 allocated toward these budgets for 1966, Mr. Davis declared, $1,847,661 will go toward medical services; $2,206,797 for social welfare programs; $956,159 for care of the aged; $1,050,944 for Jewish Community Center programs; and the balance for other community services. He said that $2,202,000 of the Jewish Federation’s 1965 income came from direct contributions; $1,575,000 from the Combined Jewish Appeal; $1,731,000 from the Community Fund; and $892,000 from investments and miscellaneous sources. Mr. Davis noted that the Federation has balanced its record 1965 budget of over $6,400,000 and said that even a higher amount would have to be sought to meet 1966 needs.

The presentation of the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award to Mr. Block singled him out as the fourth Chicagoan to receive that honor. He has been a member of the Federation’s board of directors 22 years, and served as president for three years. He is a former president of the Community Fund, and is now president of the Metropolitan Crusade of Mercy. The award honors the memory of the late, outstanding Jewish philanthropist, Julius Rosenwald, who had been a major figure in the development of the Jewish Federation here.

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