MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Jewish Federation has released its annual campaign results, as well as allocation amounts for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The 2016 Annual Campaign saw an increase over last year of about $30,000. This is the second year of increased achievement.
Altogether the Federation distributes about $20 million each year to charities, including donations to the annual campaign ($5.95 million in 2016) with the remaining amount coming from funds held in its Jewish Community Foundation.
“The annual campaign is critically important because it supports Jewish engagement and safety net services in Milwaukee, in Israel and around the world,” said Hannah Rosenthal, Federation president and CEO. “Our Jewish community would look very different without the funds raised through the annual campaign.”
Funds raised through the annual campaign will be distributed in the same proportions as they were last year. The majority of annual campaign dollars (about $2.5 million) goes to agencies that serve local needs followed by about $1.5 million going to serve needs in Israel and in 70 countries around the world. About $1.5 million goes to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and its programs and services, and about $400,000 is allocated to other needs. See sidebar and chart.
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“I can’t thank our donors enough for their generosity,” said Joan Lubar, annual campaign chair. “We have an extraordinarily generous community, and our donors understand that together we can make an impact that individual donors just can’t make on their own.”
Local Agencies: Bader Hillel Academy, BBYO-Wisconsin Region, Jewish Beginnings, Hillel Foundation – Milwaukee Hillel Foundation – UW Madison, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Jewish Home and Care Center, Yeshiva Elementary School.
Israel and Overseas: Includes American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Birthright Israel, Jewish Agency for Israel, World ORT.
Milwaukee Jewish Federation: Includes Coalition for Jewish Learning, Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Community Relations Council and seven community properties managed by the Federation.
Other: Includes national Jewish organizations and financing for community properties.