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.
Behind every life-changing mission there must be on going, state-of-the-art communication of the organization's message.
The Marketing/Public Relations Department meets the day-to-day challenges with quick response and strategies for the needs of community awareness. News releases, newsletters, brochures, speeches and letters are continually produced, while brainstorming sessions rope in ideas for future JUF campaigns.
The JUF News is a monthly news magazine that reaches the doorsteps of more than 40,000 JUF contributors in Chicago, and to 100,000 prospects twice each year. Staff writers, advertising administrators, editors and graphic designers make an exciting read of the most current events in the Jewish world.
The Design Department breathes life and color into JUF's invitations, brochures, pamphlets, books and other collateral materials. The style of each project is as diverse as the programs themselves, calling for constant creativity.
Chicago Jewish Community Online is the organization's website, whose writers and designers maintain current, up-to-date information about issues in the community, while including descriptive details of the activities of JUF/Federation's agencies and departments.
For those who yearn to be involved in political and international activities, Community Services, Grants & Government Relations has a constant role in current events - be they in the halls of state legislature, our congress or in refugee camps. Working with our staff and offices in Chicago, Springfield and Washington D.C., CSGGR is responsible for resettling Jews from the former Soviet Union and other countries, developing program policy, giving technical assistance to service providers, managing the competitive bid process on publicly-funded projects, educating agencies about proposals and helping them diversify their funding resources.
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.
The Hillels of Illinois is devoted to providing year-round cultural, social, religious, educational, athletic and counseling 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. A variety of programs focus on social, cultural, educational, religious and counseling needs and interests.
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 ISS 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, ISS 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. ISS implements state-of-the-art technical solutions that enhance productivity, and coordinates technical staff training opportunities. The ISS Department also supervises the building switchboard that handles all incoming calls and problem reporting, providing one of the last remaining human responses in telecommunications.
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. The department offers a full range of alternatives to private foundations and works closely with foundation donors and trustees to coordinate grant making capacity and opportunity.
The Planning and Allocations Department has the influential and demanding job of allocating millions of dollars in funds raised by the annual JUF campaign. Working with nearly 300 volunteers among various committees and task forces, the department staff makes recommendations for distributions each year to JUF's local, national and international agencies (through United Jewish Communities). Staff serves as an important resource for committees' discussions. Together, they solicit, monitor and evaluate proposals and also undertake research projects - such as the Jewish population study. Another dynamic aspect is its involvement with Israel through the Israel office, the Chicago Community Israel Program and the creative, sister region project of Partnership 2000.