When the need exploded, so did the support.
In just six weeks--from mid-March through April--as the scale of the coronavirus crisis first became clear, charitable contributions from funds and foundations that donors have established at JUF soared nearly 50% above the same period last year.
And $3.5 million of that went to hospitals, food banks, social service agencies, and others directly responding to the urgent needs the COVID-19 pandemic created.
"Our community has really rallied," said Sharry Hyman, assistant vice president at JUF's Center for Jewish Philanthropy. "We called and sent emails to our Donor Advised Fund and Supporting Foundation donors about the challenges people are suddenly facing. For some of those affected, it is the first time they have needed help. For many, an already difficult situation has gotten far worse.
"Our donors responded quickly and generously," she said. "The number of phone calls and emails we're getting from them is up significantly. And so is the number of grants they are making."
JUF's Center for Jewish Philanthropy is home to more than a thousand Donor Advised Funds and Supporting Foundations, vehicles that help individuals and families effectively and efficiently manage their charitable giving to organizations within and beyond the Jewish community.
Many of those who established the funds and foundations have longstanding relationships with JUF, Hyman said, some going back generations.
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