The 2014 Community Impact Grants program combined multiple grant making programs of two Jewish funding organizations into one, resulting in a simplified grants application process for agencies and greater insight for the funders into the Tucson Jewish community’s priorities.
Through the new, aligned grants program, the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona (JCF) and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona (JFSA) awarded more than $410,000, which includes $268,472 to Jewish organizations in greater Tucson and $100,000 for projects in Tucson’s sister cities in Israel.
Additionally, JCF awarded $42,500 to three nonprofit organizations in the general Tucson community.
“Our grants committee volunteers and staff worked very hard over the past year to create a process that better serves both our Jewish and general communities,” said JCF CEO Tracy Salkowitz. “Together we were able to simplify two complicated grant cycles into one streamlined effort resulting in a greater impact for our community.”
“This Federation and Foundation grants alignment is a wise use of resources and we’re pleased with the results,” said JFSA President and CEO Stuart Mellan. “We are better serving our community and the result is much more strategic funding.”
The Community Impact Grants program unites JCF’s annual competitive grants program and JFSA’s Compelling Needs and Senior & Disabled Task Force funding programs.
The Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona’s legacy team provides expert support for individuals and families (and their professional advisors) interested in supporting what they care now and in the future. JCF establishes donor-advised funds and endowment funds that meet each donor’s goals. Additionally, JCF helps organizations establish custodial funds for long-term support. The Foundation was founded in 1975, is an independent organization that is an affiliated agency of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.
The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona brings the Jewish community together to help those in need and to strengthen and preserve the Jewish people at home, in Israel, and around the world. For more than 50 years, the JFSA has served as the Jewish community’s coordinating body for fundraising, planning, and communal services. Federation helps sustain and improve the lives of people in Southern Arizona, Israel, and around the world; wherever the needs are the greatest.