Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

JEWISH UNITED FUND OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO

Together for Good

aka Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

CHICAGO, IL

Mission

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.

Ruling Year

1950

President

Dr. Steven B. Nasatir

Main Address

30 S. Wells St.

CHICAGO, IL 60606 USA

Keywords

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

EIN

36-2167034

 Number

7466382480

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.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2016, 2015 and 2014.
Register now

Social Media

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Add a problem overview to your profile.

Update now

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Chicago-area Human Services

Israel & Overseas Needs

Community Relations/Cultural Agencies

Community Building & Jewish Continuity

FY JUF/Jewish Federation Community Programs and Services

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Individuals receiving free or highly-subsidized mental and physical healthcare

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Children with disabilities receiving intensive therapeutic services and education

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Chicago-area Jewish families participating in Young Families engagement programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Children engaged in formal and informal Jewish learning experiences

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

2015 - PJ Library only

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

College students participating in Jewish life on Illinois campuses

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Young Jewish adults attending events focused on engaging the next generation

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Households in crisis receiving emergency financial assistance.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

JUF gives help and hope to the most vulnerable through a network of local agencies and programs, transforming the lives of 500,000 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.

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.

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 38 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.

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.

JUF/Federation currently serves 500,000 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.

External Reviews

Photos

Financials

JEWISH UNITED FUND OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Need more info on this nonprofit?

Need more info on this nonprofit?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2016, 2015 and 2014
A Pro report is also available for this organization for $125.
Click here to view a Sample Report.

Operations

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

Need more info?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2016, 2015 and 2014
A Pro report is also available for this organization for $125.
Click here to see what's included.

Board Leadership Practices

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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

No