The numbers are looking good for the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, which has announced final fundraising figures for its 2014-2015 fiscal year ending June 30. All told, the organization raised $23.6 million. Out of that, it will award $19.26 million in grants for the following fiscal year.
Of that total, 73 percent is earmarked for domestic grantees and 27 percent for global issues, including Israel. â€¨Remaining revenue is used for internal programs and operating expenses.
Federation CEO Danny Grossman said the $23.6 million is up from last year’s tally, leading to expanded funding of critical areas of Jewish life in the Bay Area and beyond.
“We’re giving an increasing focus to programs and organizations that are effecting change in the community,” Grossman said, “especially in terms of engaging new members, whether in outreach to the LGBT and interfaith communities, or UpStart, which helps incubate a lot of these next-generation organizations. We’re excited to support and build those organizations.”
In raising the funds, the federation connected with 5,471 donors, including 382 new donors. According to a statement, grants are being divided into three areas of impact: caring for the vulnerable, inspiring Jewish life and learning, and strengthening Israeli society.
The federation said as many as 150 Jewish nonprofits will receive grants; recipients include Birthright, Diller Teen Fellows, Northern California Jewish summer camps and PJ Library.
On another front, Grossman said the federation plans to step up its efforts to combat the BDS movement, which promotes boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, by increasing funding of pro-Israel agencies on the front lines of that battle.
“In the last year we’ve seen a dramatic increase of activity encouraging BDS,” he said. “The Jewish Community Relations Council has been on point in tackling that challenge, and we have given extensive funding to pursue that campaign.”
The federation also runs its own programs. Grossman said he is especially pleased with the Synagogue-Federation Partnership, which advised more than 150 lay and professional leaders at 30 area synagogues, as well as with the Pro Bono Consulting Practice, which pairs community professionals with organizations in need of different kinds of professional expertise.
“Through the volunteers, [the pro bono program] gave more than $100,000 worth of valuable advice,” he said. “We see that as a growing part of the work we do.”
Other federation-run programs Grossman touted included leadership development programs, such as Fed Fellows, the Grand Leadership Institute and LGBTQ Pathways to Jewish Leadership. See www.jewishfed.org/how-we-help/grants for more details.