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UJA-Federation of New York Raises $187 Million


July 9, 2012 - NEW YORK, NY

UJA-Federation of New York successfully concluded its 2011-2012 fiscal year, holding steady under continuing economic challenges and raising a total of $187 million from all fundraising efforts. The annual campaign raised $136.7 million, while Planned Giving rose to $43.8 million. Over $6.5 million was raised for special initiatives and agency capital funds.

"While our region continues to be challenged by the slow economic recovery, the enormous generosity of donors this year helps fulfill our vision of creating caring, inspired, and interconnected communities across the globe," said John S. Ruskay, executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation. "These results reflect the recognition of the essential role of UJA-Federation in caring for New Yorkers in need, supporting the people of Israel and strengthening Jewish communities around the world."

UJA-Federation of New York is recognized for its comprehensive and carefully planned allocation of resources to nearly 100 beneficiary agencies, as well as to dozens of other grantees and grass roots organizations. Those allocations make possible a wide array of essential services and programs, including food for the isolated elderly, financial and spiritual guidance for the unemployed, and fulfilling the dream of aliyah for those who seek it. These funds benefit more than 4.5 million people in New York, in Israel, and in 60 countries worldwide.

"Some donors faced new financial realities and had to adjust accordingly. And yet, those who were able to give, some for the first time in years, wanted to give to UJA-Federation because they trust us to identify and address critical communal issues in ways that can have the greatest impact," said UJA-Federation Board Chair Alisa R. Doctoroff.

In addition to supporting network agencies working in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and in Israel and 60 countries around the world, UJA-Federation will also be investing in numerous new initiatives designed to deepen connections to Jewish life. These include intensifying efforts to strengthen synagogues and working to increase engagement among interfaith families in the Jewish community. These are just two examples of areas where UJA-Federation will use its resources to provide vital care and help to shape the Jewish future.

"Philanthropic fund raising during economic uncertainty is never easy, but the fact that we are able to reach this level of giving from tens of thousands of supporters speaks volumes about the role of UJA-Federation in the community," said Jerry W. Levin, president of UJA-Federation. "The work we do year in and year out to help those in need is made possible by legions of volunteers and professionals who work tirelessly to tell our story and inspire people to make a difference."

UJA-Federation's annual campaign remains the single largest philanthropic effort by any local community anywhere in the world. The results reflect the generosity of tens of thousands of donors and the tireless efforts of our leadership, including General Campaign Chair Marcia Riklis; hundreds of volunteers; and a professional staff led by Senior Vice President of Financial Resources Development Mark D. Medin.

About UJA-Federation of New York
For more than 90 years, UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. Through UJA-Federation, more than 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world -- to address the issues that matter to us most as Jews and as New Yorkers. Working with nearly 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 60 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. Because we do the most good when we do it together. For more information on how to donate or how to volunteer, please visit our website at www.ujafedny.org.

Contact:
Levi Fishman
UJA-Federation of New York
Email Contact
1.212.836.1513

130 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
1.212.980.1000
www.ujafedny.org

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