The JUF Campaign Department is the place of action. Separated into various divisions, the department and its base of volunteers reach all areas of interest. Whether it's at a movie or softball game, the Young Leadership Division hosts social fundraising opportunities for young Jews between the ages of 25 and 40. The Women's Division offers a wide range of unique educational events and opportunities to participate in the community.
The Congregations & Community Division serves as a liaison between JUF and 110 congregations in the Chicago area and the rabbinic community, while the Trades, Industries & Professions Division organizes annual fundraising events for professionals from more than 20 industries. The Missions & Speakers Bureau coordinates schedules for the dynamic guest speakers at JUF's fundraising events, and helps contributors experience the world of JUF through annual missions - including those to Israel, Eastern Europe, South America and North Africa.
Marketing and Communications
The goals of the Marketing and Communications Department are to build the JUF brand in the messaging, look and feel of all institutional materials in support of JUF’s key marketing and fundraising strategies.
We produce and disseminate print, digital, and video content that engages, informs, inspires, and involves JUF donors and related constituencies in actions and ideas that motivate their choosing JUF as a vehicle for their tzedakah (charitable giving) and communal participation.
The department also anticipates and responds rapidly to public relations challenges facing the Jewish community, devising strategies to promote awareness and increase knowledge about key issues within the Jewish community and beyond.
JUF creates content for print and web-based communications vehicles, including JUF News, a monthly newsmagazine that reaches 40,000 households throughout Chicago; the JUF News Express email newsletter; the annual Guide to Jewish Living in Chicago, a directory of community organizations and service providers; www.juf.org, www.jufnews.org , and www.oychicago.com , which serve a variety of audiences; and content on Facebook, Twitter and other key social media channels.
For those fascinated by politics and policy-making, Government Affairs is a way to be involved. Staff in our offices in Chicago, Springfield, and Washington DC advocate on behalf of public policies which strengthen people in need here at home, in Israel, and around the world. They are joined in this work by Jewish Federation community and agency leaders who promote the robust public policy agenda in meetings with state legislators, the Illinois Congressional delegation, and city aldermen as well as officials at all levels of government. 2014 legislative successes include restoration of the State’s adult dental benefit for low income adults, increasing grants for elderly refugees, and taking action against human trafficking.
From the ground up, JFMC Facilities Corporation builds and maintains structures throughout the city.
The JUF/Federation building at 30 South Wells is one of the department's prime areas of real estate, where staff and its engineers perform construction, renovations and any/all building maintenance to ensure a safe, clean, efficient work environment. The department oversees 23 buildings throughout Chicago, each blueprint offering diversity in expertise - from an apartment center for senior living to a Jewish community center with a pool, baseball fields and office space. JFMC Facilities Corporation is the only certified not-for-profit property management agency that does everything from selling natural gas to implementing system-wide recycling programs.
JFMC Facilities Corporation (FacCorp), a nonprofit corporation, provides services for property and project management. FacCorp helps nonprofit partners optimize their physical environments by reducing building operating costs and maximizing building life, allowing their partners to focus on core missions. In addition, FacCorp offers services for purchasing, security assistance, hospitality and event management, and maintenance. During the past 30 years, their partnerships have grown to include more than 60 Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago-affiliated and beneficiary social welfare and educational agencies, communal organizations, and other entities. FacCorp provides construction and property management services that reach community organizations from JCCs to Hillels, schools to synagogues, camps to senior residences, offices to multi-use facilities and more. FacCorp has managed more than 100 construction and 80 Department of Homeland Security grant-related projects in cooperation with agencies and partners. When possible, FacCorp uses sustainable methods in systems and building design, construction/ renovation and operations, to provide energy efficiency, cost reductions and an improved environment for building occupants. Regardless of a project’s size or complexity, FacCorp provides end-to-end solutions and tailors them to meet their partners’ needs.
The Hillels of Illinois (Campus Affairs)
The Hillels of Illinois is devoted to providing year-round cultural, social, religious, educational, and social justice/volunteer activities designed to meet the evolving needs of Jewish young adults. Hillel is the center of Jewish life on the campus and the public voice of the campus Jewish community. Diverse activities are planned, with emphasis placed on student planning and empowerment. Attention is paid to engaging students who might not independently seek out Hillel. In today’s often charged anti-Israel environment on campus, Hillel encourages students to participate in lively pro-Israel activities, placing Israel at the center of their Jewish identity and combatting Israel delegitimization, while making an enduring commitment to Israel.
The HR Department is JUF/Federation's "people place," and responds to the daily needs of employees with sensitivity and timeliness. Administration, benefits, training, recruitment, employee appreciation, and government relations are just part of HR's vast responsibilities. With payroll and health plans to administer, the staff works creatively and efficiently to serve more than 350 employees and is the corporate HR department for all of the affiliated agencies' 1,800 full-time employees.
Computer whizzes can have a home in a humanitarian organization. The JUF Technology Department provides computer expertise and technical assistance for the staff within the JUF/Federation building and other Jewish Federation agencies. Always on hand to offer tech support, JUF Technology continually makes upgrades of the computer systems and hardware, including Joint Server LAN and WAN networks, while offering long-term strategies to best serve its users. JUF Technology implements state-of-the-art technical solutions that enhance productivity, and coordinates technical staff training opportunities. The JUF Technology Department also supervises the building switchboard that handles all incoming calls and problem reporting, providing one of the last remaining human responses in telecommunications.
Legacies & Endowments
With a staff of experienced gift and estate planning professionals, the Legacies & Endowments Department works with current and prospective endowment donors to explore their philanthropic goals and identify advantageous charitable gift planning options. The L&E staff and associated lay committees conduct a wide range of educational programs on subjects such as tax issues for Chicago professionals, financial management for women, Federation agency services, and opportunities to provide endowment support in Chicago and around the world. Through the department’s Center for Jewish Philanthropy, it offers a full range of alternatives to private foundations such as Donor Advised Funds, Supporting Foundations and giving circles. It also works closely with foundation donors and trustees to coordinate grant making opportunities.
Planning and Allocations
The Planning and Allocations Department (P&A) has a diverse portfolio and consists of staff whose chief responsibilities include community planning, foundation and government relations, allocations, grant-making, policy development, resource development and advocacy, as well as program administration for teens, young adults and young families. The common denominator is the goal to engage the community in the support, design and provision of effective services, locally, nationally, and internationally. Our vision is a strong vibrant Jewish community whose needs are met through our system of agencies and programs reflective of our Jewish community’s values. Annually, P&A staff work with lay leadership and hundreds of volunteers through a Commission process to allocate the millions of dollars raised through the JUF Annual Campaign. Commissions are responsible for identifying various planning projects within their area of expertise. When planning issues cut across Commission lines, joint Commission teams are brought together.