Strengthening our system: Federation CJA allocates $32.8 million for our Jewish community

PHOTO : Jonathan Levine JFNA

By: Eva Ludvig
Chair, Community Planning & Allocations Committee

Thanks to the overwhelming success of the 2011 Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign and the generosity of over 16,000 donors, Federation CJA is allocating $32.8 million for our Jewish community here in Montreal, in Israel and for Jewish communities in need around the world. This includes $24.3 million to our local agencies and communal organizations.

We are so pleased that we were able to maintain our core financial commitments at all levels, as well as to further our investment in our main priority areas. This includes supporting new local programs and increasing funding to existing programs so that they may have even greater reach and impact.

In undertaking its work, the Community Planning and Allocations Committee was guided by a set of core principles, namely:

  • Presenting a balanced budget – only allocating what we have available to spend.
  • Respecting basic communal priorities – continuing support for the most vulnerable and promoting community vibrancy.
  • Ensuring stability and sustainability – we need to continue to provide for a balanced network of services to address the diverse needs of our community.

We are proud to have respected these guidelines, while at the same time allowing for innovation and creativity in our responses. Although the budget and allocation process for the 2012-13 fiscal year is now complete, our planning work will continue. CPAC, in collaboration with other Federation departments and with constituent agencies, will continue to monitor the impact of allocations and continue our strategic, long- term work. This includes continuing to support Imagine 2020 and implementing a number of recommendations in the coming months which will enhance our ongoing efforts at programmatic and operational levels.

We will also continue to work with our family of agencies on best practices with regards to governance, effectiveness and efficiency to ensure that we maintain a vibrant, healthy and sustainable communal system that continuously improves.

The success of this year reflects the commitment of our stellar group of volunteers and the expertise and skill of our team of professionals in the Planning Department under the leadership of its Director,Elizabeth Perez, as well as the close collaboration of our partners throughout Federation and the agencies. I deeply appreciate working with all of these members of the community, whose tireless efforts serve the betterment and future of our community.

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