JEWISH UNITED FUND OF CHICAGO

Together for Good

aka Jewish United Fund/JUF   |   CHICAGO, IL   |  www.juf.org

Mission

JUF amplifies our collective strength to make the world a better place — for everyone. Community powered, we consider the totality of local and global Jewish needs and how to address them. From generation to generation, we help people connect to Jewish life and values, fueling a dynamic, enduring community that comes together for good. 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.

Ruling year info

1950

President

Lonnie J. Nasatir

Main address

30 S. Wells St.

CHICAGO, IL 60606 USA

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EIN

36-2167034

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our is a community without borders. Rooted in the belief that we all responsible for one another, JUF brings the Jewish community together from across demographics and denominations to take part in collective action, mobilizing the resources to care for the most vulnerable through a network of agencies, programs and initiatives that serve people at every stage of life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

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.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

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.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Students

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.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Individuals receiving free or highly-subsidized mental and physical healthcare

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

People with disabilities receiving therapeutic, vocational, educational, recreational and residential services

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Increasing

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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Increasing

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

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Increasing

Context Notes

programs are now more intensive and focused

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

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Increasing

Chicago-area Jewish families participating in Young Families engagement programs

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID impacted in-person programming in 2020. All told, participation isn't decreasing; data collection is becoming more accurate

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

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Children engaged in formal and informal Jewish learning experiences

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Synagogues, schools, camps, colleges and agencies receiving JUF grants to enhance security

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Increasing

Context Notes

$1.2M was awarded in response to an uptick in anti-Semitic activity. An additional $1.7M was leveraged for a total of $2.9M in funding for new or enhanced security operations projects.

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

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Families with young children who received free, monthly Jewish books and music through JUF's PJ Library and PJ Our Way programs

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2015 - PJ Library only

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

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID greatly limited the number of trips in 2020

College students participating in Jewish life on Illinois campuses

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Young Jewish adults attending events focused on engaging the next generation

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Increasing

Community members volunteering their time through JUF's TOV Volunteer Network and JUF agencies

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Households in crisis receiving emergency financial assistance.

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

JUF amplifies our collective strength to make the world a better place — for everyone.
Community powered, we consider the totality of local and global Jewish needs and how to address them. From generation to generation, we help people connect to Jewish life and values, fueling a dynamic, enduring community that comes together for good.

WE CONNECT
our community to the epic moments in Jewish life, invigorating a Jewish heritage that honors the past and hopes for the future.

WE ASSIST
people in need to overcome life’s challenges, transforming daily life for over 500,000 Chicagoans of all faiths.

WE SUPPORT
Israel and the Jewish people worldwide, advocating on key issues and providing humanitarian assistance for millions.

WE RESPOND
swiftly to crisis situations, mobilizing resources and rushing aid to communities in distress worldwide.

WE MAXIMIZE
impact, generating ROI on the community’s philanthropy through smart stewardship of collective resources.

WE CULTIVATE
Jewish identity and connection, engaging our community through enriching programs and experiences from "baby to Bubbe."

WE ADVANCE
Jewish learning — supporting and providing Jewish educational opportunities from preschool to high school, through college and beyond.

WE INSPIRE
innovation — funding and incubating breakthrough initiatives that adapt to and effect change.

Through a combination of annual allocations and directed grants, we mobilize financial resources to support 100+ affiliates, beneficiary agencies, and initiatives that provide wide-ranging direct services and programs to 500,000 people of all faiths in Chicago and millions around the globe.

Our affiliate agency partners are JCFS Chicago, CJE SeniorLife, JCC Chicago, and Sinai Chicago. Other partner agencies include Associated Talmud Torahs, The ARK, BBYO, EZRA Multi-Service Center, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, JUF Uptown Café, Jewish Day Schools, Keshet, Maot Chitim, Moishe House, OneTable, NCSY, NFTY, REACH Specialized Services in Day Schools, SHALVA, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership, USY, and many more. Overseas partners include the Jewish Agency For Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and World ORT. Our own programs include Hillels of Illinois, jBaby Chicago, One Happy Camper, PJ Library, the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics, Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation, TOV Volunteer Network, and many more.

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 effects of the pandemic on local households and congregational membership—informs JUF/Jewish Federation and its agencies in designing and delivering needed community services going forward.

Since 1900, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago has proudly served as Jewish Chicago's central source of hope and help for people in need.

JUF/Federation has a 90-member volunteer Board of Directors, thousands of volunteers for our programs and fundraising activities, professional staff of the highest caliber, and tens of thousands of gifts to our annual campaign.

We have an efficient infrastructure in place to raise and allocate funds. Our fundraising costs are less than a nickel per dollar.

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.

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.

The ability to respond in a time of crisis is our reason for being, and our response to to the COVID pandemic is an excellent case in point. In the wake of the pandemic, JUF and our family of agencies instantly became a lifeline for tens of thousands of people who suddenly, desperately needed assistance. When hungry children could no longer get subsidized school lunches, we pivoted and delivered thousands of meals to feed them. When professionals were laid off and needed cash to provide necessities for their families, we swiftly provided millions of dollars in emergency financial aid to help them. When health care workers required vast quantities of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other support to safely care for the elderly, vulnerable and sick, we quickly supplied it.
When Jewish schools, camps and agencies struggled, we sent them emergency operating support. When they needed to make health and safety upgrades to re-open safely for in-person services, we funded those, too.

That’s the power of collective action.

The strength of the JUF Annual Campaign—our community’s collective effort to do good—is what enabled us to marshal the means to help so many so swiftly. It is the foundation of JUF/Federation’s multi-faceted financial resource development efforts. Donations to the Annual Campaign from individuals and corporate partners are complemented by grants from foundations, the government and United Way, plus distributions from Donor Advised Funds and Supporting Foundations and generous bequests and endowment gifts, which further strengthen the foundation on which future generations will build.

We know there are tens of thousands of individuals who rely upon the services and programs offered by our programs and family of agencies for support on many levels. Our goal is to continue increasing the allocations for our affiliate and beneficiary agencies, enabling them to expand and evolve the services and programs they can provide—with the twin goals of continually meeting evolving needs and eliminating wait lists for services.

Financials

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Operations

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

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JEWISH UNITED FUND OF CHICAGO

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pamela Szokol

Harris Family Foundation

Term: 2020 - 2022

Bill Silverstein

Private Real Estate Investor

Steven Miller

Principal, Origin Ventures (finance)

Eric Rothner

Principal, Hunter Management, LLC

Harry Seigle

The Elgin Company

Alan Solow

Partner, Resolute Consulting, LLC

Michael Zaransky

MZ Capital Partner, Prime Property Investors LTD

Pam Szokol

N/A

Marcie Hemmelstein

Carylon Foundation

Joseph Wolf

Lake Shore Communities

Gita Berk

Skin Care Center

Robert Bond

Co-Founder & President, Bond Companies (Professional Real Estate Investment)

Mark Chudacoff

President & CEO, Midwest Truck & Auto Parts

Bruce Ettelson

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis (law)

Linda Fisher

N/A

Linda Ginsburg

Vernon & Park Partners, LLC

David Golder

Golder Investment Management

Dana Gordon

N/A

Hilary Greenberg

N/A

Andrea Grostern

Marketing Consultant, DoubleFlip Marketing

Joshua Herz

President, Associated Agencies (insurance)

Scott Heyman

Partner, Sidley Austin (law)

Dana Westreich Hirt

N/A

Deborah Schrayer Karmin

Karmin Schwartz Design

King Harris

Harris Holdings

Andrea Yablon

President, Diversified Health Resources

Cindy Kaplan

Field Holdings, LLC

Jason Peltz

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP (law)

Wendy Abrams

Jeremy Amster

Tower Hill Healthcare Center

Peter Bensinger, Jr.

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP (law)

Michael Fishman

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Andrew Glick

Northern Trust Company

Jordan Goodman

Casterline Goodman Gallery

Steven Greenbaum

Senior Housing Group LLC

Ari Klein

Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois

Ann-Louise Kleper

Lewis & Davidson, Ltd.

Adrienne Kriezelman

Jennifer Leemis

Paradise 4 Paws

Brian Levinson

Healthcare Consultant, JB Healthcare

Wendy Berger

WSB Equities LLC

Marc Roth

Kim Schwachman

Morris Silverman

MS Management Corp.

David Brown

Chairman & Principal, Much Shelist (law)

Rabbi Alex Felch

Congregation B'nai Tikvah

Robert Ferencz

Jason Friedman

Friedman Properties Ltd.

David Goldenberg

Resolute Consulting LLC

Craig Goldsmith

GCM Grosvenor

Sheri Hokin

Hokin Sternberg Insurance Services

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/3/2021

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