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Jewish Federation of Cincinnati's Community Campaign focuses on maximum impact

Jewish Federation volunteers recently assembled Thanksgiving meals for those in need, one of many community programs funded throughout the year


The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati raised more than $5 million this year as part of its annual Community Campaign to aid local, national and global agencies and programs.

The Federation has a unique way of allocating funding by utilizing a network of more than 100 volunteers who spent six months assessing grant requests and deciding where money would have the biggest impact, says Director of Marketing and Communications Pam Geller.

The Federation was recently recognized with the highest rating for the sixth year in a row by Charity Navigator, an organization that rates nonprofits in multiple areas related to their donations.  

When the Federation isn’t focusing on giving and its annual campaign, it brings diverse groups together through four core pillars: ensuring quality of life, enabling meaningful Jewish lives, empowering strong congregations and agencies and supporting Jews in Israel and overseas.

“We look at how we can transform or change life locally and globally,” Geller says. “We kind of act as a safety net for all of our agencies. We work on the back end to come up with ways to make sure they have the support they need."

The Federation supports various programs in the community but prides itself on connecting and advocating for Israel. In the past, the Federation has invited several Israeli representatives to Cincinnati to educate on co-existence and what life is like in Israel.

“We want to help educate and bring the Israeli perspective to Cincinnati but also try to bring Israeli and Cincinnatians together,” Geller says.

Do Good:

• Learn more about the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati Community Campaign.

Donate to help support the Federation’s mission.

• Stay connected with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati on Facebook
 

Read more articles by Jayna Morris.

Jayna Morris is a contributing writer and editor for Soapbox. Learn more about her at www.jaynabarker.weebly.com.
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