Tue, 03/08/2011 - 11:47am
We must do more with less. Recent economic conditions have made this the catch phrase of charitable institutions worldwide. It rings true for the UJFT as well. Read more »
Thu, 03/03/2011 - 10:57am
When the last living witnesses to the atrocities of the Holocaust are gone, who will tell the stories? Unless we tell our children, no one will, and history could easily repeat itself, as it has so many times throughout history.
Anne Frank’s famous diary told her story after she perished, and Through the Eyes of a Friend, a dramatic presentation brought to our community each year by the Holocaust Commission, is opening the pages of that diary up in a new way for over 3000 Hampton Roads students this year. Read more »
Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:14pm
In an effort to better serve our local Jewish community, the Federation and Foundation have launched this wonderful new website. Please explore its many areas such as the community calendar, news and resources sections. I would encourage you to encourage your friends to go online to find out more about the campaign and how to get involved with the Federation. We are also launching our monthly e-Newsletter this month, The Tzedakah Box. Read more »
Mon, 02/07/2011 - 10:45am
Super Sunday is an annual event for the Federation, held the last Sunday of January. Super Sunday is so much more than one morning of calls to the community, however. It is a day of conversation, where we would ideally communicate to all of our constituents, thanking them for their Federated gift and listening to their suggestions as to how to build a better community together. Read more »
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 11:19am
This year we are tasked with engaging more members of the community. Our goal is for donors to support the community and know that all gifts, no matter how small, count. Every gift makes a difference. It feeds 160,000 elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union. It provides job counseling services and emergency aid to those affected by the economic crisis here at home. And it supports programming that inspires a young family’s love of Jewish life and culture. Read more »
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 11:17am
During the past two years of economic challenge, we can take pride in the creativity and hard work that has allowed us to fund our agencies at 100%. As we look to the challenges which will surely be presented by the 2011 campaign, we recognize that we will have to do things a bit differently if we are to gain back some of our losses.
in an effort to weather the tough economy, our local agencies have trimmed their budgets and re-focused on core programs. We are currently undergoing a strategic planning process and jointly with the UJFT finance committee will develop an innovative path for our community’s development.
At the same time our agencies were tightening their belts, the leadership of our community pulled together to maximize every dollar that we could raise. The Tidewater Jewish Foundation and our major donor families have offered an incredible $300,000 match grant each year of the past two campaigns. Read more »
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 11:15am
Think about there being no kickoff this year and no campaign. What would our community look like? We have worked especially hard over the past two years to meet the challenges our community has faced. And fortunately, we have just enough caring and creativity to take on the challenges of these times and move forward.
With your assistance we can continue to succeed for our Community despite these challenging economic times. To that end, we have started our planning with some exciting strategies to energize the fundraising effort.
One strategy entails moving from a superficial "ratings" process to a Strategic Donor Goal Setting Process that enables us to get to know our donors better through meaningful conversations and engagement. Of course, the key to success with this donor strategy is leadership participation and information - and that is where you fit in. We need your input. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Jay Klebanoff, Campaign Chair
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s 2011 Campaign