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By BERNIE BELLAN
After 15 consecutive years of growth in the amount of money that was available to be allocated to the agencies that receive funding from the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, there was some $85,250 less available to be allocated this year.

 


Yet, considering that the Combined Jewish Appeal fell $200,000 short of reaching its announced goal of $5.9 million (which was the amount it raised last year), the impact of the reductions is far less severe than it might have been. According to a reliable source, the reason for this is that the Jewish Federation, under the leadership of now former CEO Adam Bronstone, itself found savings within its own operation over $80,000. Combined with the reduction in the amount allocated to the United Israel Appeal ($20,000), the actual percentage reduction in the total amount allocated to local agencies was only slightly more than 3% (not the 4.6% reported by someone else).
Considering that the 12 agencies which receive funding from the Jewish Federation had been receiving increased funding for 15 consecutive years, it can hardly be deemed a major blow for any of them not to have received increased funding this year.
In fact, in one instance, that of Shalom Residences, funding from the Federation actually increased from the previous year.
In numerical terms the largest cut in funding will be felt by Jewish Child and Family Service, which saw its funding reduced by $32,000 – a 4% cut. In percentage terms, however, the largest cut will be felt by the Jewish Heritage Centre, which saw its funding reduced by over 10%.
Interestingly, despite the Gray Academy’s having suffered a staggering 15% drop in enrollment this past year, there was only a 2% reduction in the allocation given to the Gray Academy. While the report does make mention of the “low enrollment” at the Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning, nowhere does the report even mention the fact that the Gray Academy took an enormous hit to its enrollment other than to note that “The presentation from Gray Academy highlighted the strategic efforts currently underway to improve recruitment and increase enrollment.”
 The full report of the Allocations Committee contains brief descriptions of the activities of each of the 12 beneficiary agencies of the Federation, including references to strengths and weaknesses of the agencies. The Budget and Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg has issued its report. To read the full report click on 2015 Budget & Allocations Committee Report

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