Federation Funding 2018-2019

The Jewish Federation of Florida's Gulf Coast makes an impact down the street and around the globe.
In the 2019-2020 year, we are proud to be funding the following areas of emphasis.


Israel Education and Advocacy - 5%

This area encompasses the Jewish Community Relations Committee, events related to promoting Israel, Israel Independence Day, relationships with JCPA, sustenance of advocacy training programs such as the Israel Action Network’s Community Impact Program, and ongoing community and professional training, including inter-agency relationship-building through Israel speakers and programming.



Community Education, Planning, Informing, and Referring - 26%

This area encompasses the leadership role that the Federation takes in bringing together agencies through the Leadership Council; the local Federation’s participation in the national system’s FairShare program; community-wide education programs (speakers and general-interest events); gift and future planning; and portions of our website. This area also encompasses our support of the Jewish Press, our direct work with agencies on promoting their own programs through our community calendar and eNewsletter; and our one-on-one concierge services to those who call and email the office looking for references for everything from professionals to places to eat to where to live or go for help. Beyond Federation services, this funding area also includes our relationships with and support of the Florida Association of Jewish Federations and Jewish Educational Loan Fund.



Building Jewish Identity & Culture - 27%

This area encompasses all programs that energize Jewish identity across all ages, including those of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the Federation’s PJ Library and young family programming. Additionally, this area covers popular programs like the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, Heritage Day at the Rays, Young Adult Division and Federation affinity group connections, and Federation sponsorship of smaller community-wide events. Beyond our area, funding toward Birthright Israel and the Tampa Bay Jewish Educators Council is also included here, as well as camp and Israel scholarships.

Israel & Overseas - 20%

In addition to our core funding through our national headquarters, this funding area includes elected programs that change from year to year in order to meet the greatest needs on the ground in Israel. Recent areas of focus have included youth at risk, Ethiopian olim transitions, food insecurity, and protection from and response to terror.



Caring for our most Vulnerable - 15%

Through the work of Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Jewish War Veterans, Menorah Manor, Jewish Burial Society, and Benjamin Tower Foundation, those in the most dire of need are taken care of. Beyond our region, our support of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society helps those internationally in need.



Donor Development and Organizational Management - 7%

This funding area encompasses the cost of doing business as a Federation in its most basic state: keeping the doors open, the lights on, and our basic duties to run the organization. Staff and overhead is assigned here after determining the portion of total staff and overhead to be assigned to program areas above.