Federation raises record amount of funds
Helping communityJewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Federation raises record amount of funds

More than $52 million raised in fiscal-year 2020-2021

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh (Photo by Adam Reinherz)
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh (Photo by Adam Reinherz)

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has announced a record $52.6 million in 2020-2021 fiscal-year fundraising.

“Thanks to our donors, volunteers and staff, this amazing achievement will help people in a time of unparalleled need,” said David D. Sufrin, chair of the Federation’s board of directors, in a prepared statement. “The growth of our Jewish Community Foundation will make Jewish Pittsburgh more resilient for years to come.”

The $52.6 million total includes $13.675 million pledged to the Federation’s annual Community Campaign.

The Federation has increased its fundraising total in recent years through expansions in government and foundation support, corporate sponsorship and private supplemental giving. The Federation’s fundraising success during the pandemic can largely be attributed to “the Federation’s strong annual Campaign, a core support base that enables fundraisers to secure the other revenue streams,” according to a Federation press release.

“As the Jewish Federation’s COVID response showed, our Community Campaign ensures that we can meet the needs of vulnerable populations whenever Jewish Pittsburgh faces a crisis,” said Jan Levinson, Community Campaign chair, in a prepared statement.

The efforts supported by the Federation include aging and human needs; community programs and Jewish agencies that serve both Jews and non-Jews; Israel travel and local Israel-related programming; Jewish community life and Jewish learning; and national and overseas Jewish agencies that support Jewish life around the world, according to Federation officials. More than $6 million in COVID relief was distributed this year — part of $9.2 million since the pandemic began.

Another record achievement: The Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation grew to $335 million in assets under management because of additions of more than $26.9 million and investment growth.

“This year’s fundraising total represents a monumental achievement at a critical moment for Jewish life,” said Jeffrey Finkelstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation, in a prepared statement. “I am so grateful that the outpouring of community support will help our city in a time of need and help to face future crises. We are lucky to be part of such a generous and caring Jewish community.” PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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