SPRINGFIELD — The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts has announced that the Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF), through its grants and allocations process, has provided up to $30,000 for the 2012 Annual Campaign, to be used as a dollar-for-dollar match for additional campaign dollars. This applies to any new or increased pledge received as of April 25, 2012. This means that any new or increased gift to the campaign will be matched. For example, if a donor gave $100 last year and gives $200 now, the additional $100 will be matched by another $100 from the challenge grant. So the donor’s $200 gift will result in the campaign receiving $300.
Susan Weiss Firestone, chair of the 2012 Federation Annual Campaign, stated, “I am pleased that our Jewish Endowment Foundation has recognized the importance of the Annual Campaign and how one gift can impact Jewish life at home, in Israel, and around the world. I am optimistic that this matching grant will encourage our current donors to increase their gifts or inspire people to make a first-time gift since it will be matched dollar-for-dollar. ” This grant comes from the Jewish Endowment Foundation’s unrestricted grants. The JEF uses these funds for a combination of purposes, including a competitive grants program. Unrestricted funds come from donations to JEF, as well as fee income for administering restricted, donor advised, and agency funds. The Jewish Endowment Foundation is a program of the Federation. For more than 85 years, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts has been raising funds to meet the ongoing needs of the community. The Federation funds and supports a community-wide network of organizations that care for people in need in Western Massachusetts, Israel, and in more than 70 countries around the world, and nurtures and sustains the Jewish community today and for future generations. From
feeding the hungry to helping the unemployed, from supporting families in crisis to funding Jewish education and Israel experiences, the Federation is focused on addressing the most pressing issues facing the community. Even during these difficult economic times, when the Federation’s highest priority is helping people in financial crisis, the Federation continues to ensure that the programs and institutions that enrich Jewish life in Western Massachusetts, in Israel, and around the world, remain vibrant
In addition, during natural disasters and times of crisis around the U.S. and around the globe, the Federation responds. The Federation provided lifesaving humanitarian relief during the recent natural disasters in the Gulf region, Haiti and Japan, and in Western Massachusetts during the tornadoes in 2011.
Local beneficiary agencies include: Hebrew High School of New England, Heritage Academy, Jewish Family Service, Lander~Grinspoon Academy, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA), Resource Center for Jewish Education, The Sandi Kupperman Learning Center at Temple Beth El, Sinai Temple Religious School, Springfield JCC, and UMass Hillel. National organizations that receive funding include Taglit-Birthright
Israel, and overseas agencies include the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT.
To make an online pledge to the 2012 Annual Campaign, visit www.jewishwesternmass.org, or contact Debbie Peskin at (413) 737-4313 x121.