The Federation announced $2.17 million in allocations for 2016. Nearly $1.7 million was committed to local Jewish programs and services and $490,000 was committed to Israel and Overseas.
Among the local program funding, the Federation’s Organizational Partners received a total of $1,082,800. These agencies are supported as partners for their longevity and impact in the community, as well as their breadth of programming.
School partners received a total of $119,460, each receiving $165 per student enrolled. In addition, Pardes received $25,000 to help defray the cost of their move to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus.
In 2015, the Federation realigned its program funding to focus on three community core impact areas: serving seniors, engaging young Jewish adults and advocating for Israel. In 2016, these areas were allocated $361,600.
Senior services received $120,500, including continued funding of the community concierge position and a transportation initiative. Smile on Seniors, Kivel religious services and the Bureau of Jewish Education’s new Wise Aging program also received funds.
The Federation’s NowGen initiative to engage young Jewish adults in the community received $191,100, including a new loan for those in the NowGen demographic through Jewish Free Loan and a grant to the Swift Youth Foundation.
Federation renewed its funding of the Israel education coordinator to help counteract anti-Israel sentiment on ASU campuses. The position is a joint program with Hillel at ASU and Jewish Arizonans on Campus.
Federation programs, including the Israel Center received $61,125.
Internationally, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee were among the organizations funded to help Jews in need in Israel and elsewhere overseas.
The Federation funding structure is under the oversight of the Community Planning Commission. The funding model was restructured to guarantee the most impactful use of community resources.
“We are fortunate to have so many insightful, dedicated volunteers as members of the CPC who give up their time to ensure the community’s money is given to programs that touch so many members of our community,” said Barry Markson, CPC chair.
In addition to allocations made through the Community Planning Commission, an additional $32,500 was funded through newly formed Federation’s NowGen Giving Circle. Local programs received $19,500 and national and international programs received $13,000.
“Our thanks to the Jewish community for their support of the Federation’s annual campaign, which makes these allocations possible. Together, we help Jews in need and build vibrant Jewish communities here, in Israel and around the world,” said David Weiner, Federation 2016 annual campaign chair.