Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

JEWISH UNITED FUND OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO

  • CHICAGO, IL
  • www.juf.org

Mission Statement

The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago is the one organization that impacts every aspect of local and global Jewish life, providing human services for Jews and others in need, creating Jewish experiences and strengthening Jewish community connections.

As a member of the greater Chicago community, JUF also participates in the wider civic arena of addressing general community needs and problem solving for people of all faiths.

Main Programs

  1. Chicago-area Human Services
  2. Israel & Overseas Needs
  3. Community Relations/Cultural Agencies
  4. Community Building & Jewish Continuity
  5. FY JUF/Jewish Federation Community Programs and Services
Service Areas

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International

The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago mobilizes the resources that, through a network of some 70 local and international agencies and programs, bring wide-ranging humanitarian services to 300,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and 2 million Jews in Israel and worldwide.

ruling year

1950

Principal Officer since 1979

Self-reported

Dr. Steven B. Nasatir

Keywords

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"Jewish United Fund" "Jewish Federation" Chicago Israel JUF Jewish

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Also Known As

Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

EIN

36-2167034

 Number

7466382480

Physical Address

30 S. Wells St.

Chicago, IL 60606 5056

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For well over a century, through times and events that have ranged from catastrophic to euphoric, the Jewish community locally and around the world has recognized JUF as the central address of Chicago's Jews. They have supported us, turned to us, and known intuitively that JUF always will be there to meet a need, respond to a crisis, bring people together and give them a voice.

Today, though beset by all the world's challenges, our community is strong, growing and vital. There is no better reflection of progress.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Chicago-area Human Services

Through its allocation to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, JUF supports various nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area that provide assistance to people of all faiths, including hot meals and groceries; utility and rent assistance; prescriptions and medical care for impoverished families; job training and placement for people who are out of work; therapeutic school and specialized care for children with disabilities; support services for Holocaust survivors; assisted living, specialized Alzheimer’s care and transportation for seniors; respite services for caregivers of frail seniors and people with disabilities; counseling, prevention and intervention services for troubled teens; and an entire continuum of prevention and therapeutic services for individuals and families in crisis.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$24,548,160

Program 2

Israel & Overseas Needs

Through its allocation to the Jewish Federations of North America, JUF supports services to nearly 2 million individuals in Israel and 70 other countries. These range from basic social service programs addressing needs of all age groups to formal and informal Jewish education/identity development. The major beneficiary organizations that engage in overseas work through support from JFNA are the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Agency for Israel and International ORT.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$38,695,556

Program 3

Community Relations/Cultural Agencies

The Jewish world encompasses a vast array of needs, interests, perspectives and priorities, and JUF's support reflects that tremendous diversity. Among the many programs and agencies that benefit are Birthright Israel, the major theological seminaries, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the Jewish Women's Foundation, United Against a Nuclear Iran, the Israel Action Network, the Chicago Jewish Population Study, JCERT Emergency Services, the Jewish Labor Committee, university Israel Studies programs, American Jewish World Service, preservation of Jewish cemeteries and more.

Category

General Code

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$6,431,001

Program 4

Community Building & Jewish Continuity

JUF connects community members to Israel, to Jewish life and to one another, transmitting a vibrant Jewish heritage that honors the past and looks with hope to the future. JUF is the largest funder of Jewish day school education in Chicago, provides tuition assistance to three in four local Jewish day school students, supports teen youth movements and programming, and communal resources for young adults, as well as the Chicago Board of Rabbis, the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership, the Aliyah Council of Greater Chicago and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$17,825,211

Program 5

FY JUF/Jewish Federation Community Programs and Services

JUF creates exciting Jewish experiences that ignite a love of Jewish life, learning and community. We pioneer strategies to engage unaffiliated Jews of all ages and strengthen their Jewish identity and involvement, through parent-infant play groups, early childhood center tuition assistance, free Jewish children's books, Jewish camp scholarships and more. Other programs focus on Hillel and Jewish life on campus, screening and education about Jewish genetic disorders, Israel experiences for teens and young adults, volunteer networking, synagogue outreach, government affairs efforts, leadership development, JUF's Jewish Community Relations Council and more.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$5,671,532

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Meals, food bags and grocery cards delivered to highly vulnerable Chicago-area Jews

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2. Number of older people receiving support to facilitate a discharge home

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3. Individuals receiving free or highly-subsidized mental and physical healthcare

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4. Chicago-area seniors receiving services that enable them to stay in their homes

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5. Local Holocaust survivors maximizing their independence through in-home services, emergency financial assistance, group support, advocacy and socialization

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6. Children with disabilities receiving intensive therapeutic services and education

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7. Immigrants to Israel assisted with job preparation and placement, language skills, housing and socialization programming to help them integrate into Israeli society

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8. Disadvantaged but promising Israeli students immersed in educational opportunities designed to close the socioeconomic gap and ensure their future success

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9. Impoverished elderly throughout Russia and other Eastern European countries receiving food, medicine and heating fuel to sustain them

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10. Poor children and families in these countries also receiving life-sustaining food, medicine and financial assistance

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11. Jewish day school students receiving scholarships and/or tuition assistance at 15 local Jewish day schools

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12. Children receiving scholarships for Jewish summer camp experiences

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13. Young Jews from Russia and other Eastern European countries who built stronger Jewish and Zionist identities through a Jewish camping experience

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14. Chicago-area children who received financial assistance or subsidies for Jewish early childhood educational experiences

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15. Families with young children who received free, monthly Jewish books and music through JUF's PJ Library program

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16. Jewish young adults who strengthened their connection to the Jewish homeland during JUF Birthright Israel free trips

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17. College students participating in Jewish life on Illinois campuses

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18. Young Jewish adults attending events focused on engaging the next generation

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19. Local young Jewish adults participating in a JUF Young Leadership Division or Back from Birthright event for the first time

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20. JUF Breakthrough Fund grants for innovative efforts to meet local human needs, engage Chicagoans Jewishly, and strengthen Jewish communities in Israel & overseas

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    JUF gives help and hope to the most vulnerable through a network of local agencies and programs, transforming the lives of 300,000 Chicagoans of all faiths who are in need at every stage of life.

    JUF stands in solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people worldwide, advocating on key issues, supporting humanitarian assistance for 2 million Jews in Israel and 70 countries around the world, and rushing aid to communities in crisis in Israel and beyond.

    JUF advances Jewish learning and identity, funding the best in formal and informal Jewish education and connections to Israel.

    JUF builds Jewish community and fosters a sense of peoplehood, engaging Jews of all ages and backgrounds in Jewish life and community.

    JUF cultivates Jewish continuity from generation to generation, helping to transmit a vibrant Jewish heritage that honors the past and looks with hope to the future.

    JUF brings the community together from across the spectrum of Jewish life to take part in collective action and ensure the Jewish future.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Through a combination of annual allocations and directed grants, we mobilize more than $200 million in financial resources, which we allocate to more than 70 affiliates, beneficiary agencies and programs that provide wide-ranging direct services and programs to populations in need across the metropolitan area and around the globe.

    Among our local partner agencies are Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS), Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) , Jewish Community Center of Chicago (JCC,) CJE SeniorLife, Mount Sinai Hospital, Associated Talmud Torahs, The ARK, EZRA Multi-Service Center, Maot Chitim, JUF Uptown Café, Response, Keshet, the Hillels of Illinois, SHALVA, and many more. Overseas partners include the Jewish Agency For Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

    Additionally, we work closely with the United Way, other sectarian and non-sectarian social service organizations, and many government-supported programs and agencies.

    We have a sophisticated planning and allocation process, led by a partnership of staff and lay leaders, involving nearly 200 board and community members and four standing commissions and committees. This planning and allocations process is informed by periodic local population studies that examine the demographic composition of the Chicago-area Jewish community, identify unmet needs, and help us understand the status of community access to existing services. The demographic information gleaned—including population growth and suburban migration, household structure, the intermarriage rate, effects of the recession on local households and congregational membership—informs JUF/Jewish Federation and its agencies in designing and delivering needed community services going forward.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Since 1900, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago has proudly served as Jewish Chicago's central source of hope and help for people in need. Rooted in a commitment to Jewish collective responsibility, we provide for the most vulnerable members of our community.

    JUF/Federation has a 90-member volunteer Board of Directors, thousands of volunteers for our programs and fundraising activities, 250 paid professional staff of the highest caliber, and some 36,000 gifts to our annual campaign. We are led by a President who has been at the organization's helm for more than 36 years and has won national and international acclaim for his leadership in the field of Jewish philanthropy.

    We have an efficient infrastructure in place to raise and allocate funds. Our fundraising costs are less than a nickel per dollar. We are rated ""Aa3 with stable outlook"" by Moody's.
    The Jewish Federation maintains offices in Springfield, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., to monitor and apply for government funding opportunities and to advocate on a variety of other issues important to our community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    By any measure, Chicago's Jewish community is an extraordinary one, and JUF's track record is unparalleled.

    There are countless statistics that give form to what JUF and Chicago's Jewish community accomplish daily, year after year, decade after decade. The achievements are measured in people served, assistance provided, dollars raised, participants engaged and myriad other tallies.

    But these stats are by no means the sole gauges of progress. Chicago is, by far, the most generous large Jewish community, per capita, in North America. And Chicago's Jews consistently choose JUF as their preferred vehicle to make the world better. Each pledge, each hour volunteered, each event and rally attended is a declaration of personal trust in what JUF does and how it does it.

    That endorsement, renewed year after year, is the clearest indicator of our continued progress.


  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    JUF/Federation currently serves 300,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and 2 million Jews in Israel and 70 countries worldwide. We provide an aggregate $200+ million in funding to a network of humanitarian services encompassing 70 agencies and programs that care for people at every stage of life, regardless of their ability to pay. JUF/Federation's leadership role and centralized support services for our network of Jewish communal agencies offers tremendous cost-efficiencies. With combined fundraising expenses of only 4% of total income, we offer a return on investment that is broadly trusted.

    With the vast array of needs that JUF addresses, there always will be more that could be done. Our constant objective is to assure that the infrastructure and resources always are in place and prepared to meet and adapt to whatever circumstances arise, and to be proactive in identifying them in their earliest stages.

    We know there are tens of thousands of individuals who rely upon the services and programs offered by our affiliate and beneficiary agencies for daily support - and in many cases, for survival. Our goal is to continue increasing the allocations for our affiliate and beneficiary agencies, and to allow them to expand the services and programs they can provide—with the ultimate goal of eliminating wait lists for services.
Service Areas

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International

The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago mobilizes the resources that, through a network of some 70 local and international agencies and programs, bring wide-ranging humanitarian services to 300,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and 2 million Jews in Israel and worldwide.

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Financials

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Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

JEWISH UNITED FUND OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Steven B. Nasatir

BIO

Dr. Steven B. Nasatir is a Jewish community leader of national and international renown, who has served as President of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago for 36 years.

A former academician, Dr. Nasatir is the fourth person in the 116-year history of Chicago's Jewish Federation to serve as its chief executive officer, and he has traveled the world in his commitment to the Jewish people. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish People's Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem, the Covenant Foundation and a number of family foundations. He is an Associate Member of the Board of Governors and delegate to the Assembly of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and a very active participant in and consultant to the Jewish Federations of North America.

The Forward newspaper has, on several occasions, named Nasatir one of the top 50 international Jewish leaders, and in 2011 he received the Chicago Federation's highest honor, the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award. In November 1986, the Mayor of Chicago presented him with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Annual Award. He was selected as the 1991 Distinguished Service Honoree by the Association of Jewish Community Organization Personnel, and in 2002 received the Franklin Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from Roosevelt University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bill Silverstein

Private Real Estate Investor

Term: Sept 2014 - Sept 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?