Jewish Community Foundation distributes $425K for COVID-19 relief

MILWAUKEE — The Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation is distributing $250,000 in donor-advised grants to address urgent needs related to COVID-19 in both the Jewish and broader communities.

These funds are in addition to $175,000 already distributed through the Foundation since the crisis began. In total, grants will be awarded to 35 nonprofits.

Meeting immediate, critical needs was the donors’ objective. In response, the Foundation has awarded grants to meet a range of needs, including:

Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center will receive $20,000 to purchase acrylic partitions, among other safety items, to facilitate the safe return to in-person services, as well as equipment to help facilitate curbside pickup.

Hunger Task Force will receive $50,000 to assist in its service to seniors, low-income households and children throughout Milwaukee County.

Ovation Communities will receive $25,000 for emergency expenses related to protecting staff and residents from COVID-19, including personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.

Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid/Second Home Cemetery will receive $3,295 for a rolling carriage that will make it possible to move caskets safely and with dignity given the limited number of mourners who can be present at a funeral.

The donors hold their charitable dollars in Donor Advised Funds at the Jewish Community Foundation.

“The donors saw critical unmet needs in the community and were moved to action,” said Caren Goldberg, chief development officer at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and executive director of the Foundation. “These donors, and everyone at the Foundation and Federation believe we must stand together to help those who are struggling.”