HOW THE MONEY ADDS UP

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of the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil. The JLC, he said, would con­tinue to work on “how to broaden and deepen the com­mu­nal fund­ing base, how to make it eas­ier and more at­trac­tive for the com­mu­nity to give to Jewish com­mu­nal causes and how to en­sure that all char­i­ties are oper­a­tionally as ef­fi­cient as they can be.”

He be­lieved there was scope for new fundrais­ing ven­tures, in­clud­ing en­cour­ag­ing “giv­ing cir­cles” — Amer­i­can-style in­for­mal fundrais­ing groups — and women’s phi­lan­thropy.

Steven Lewis, chair­man of the largest fundrais­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, Jewish Care — which en­joyed a two per cent rise in vol­un­tary in­come from 2015 to 2016 — said: “In com­par­i­son to other so­cial care providers out­side the com­mu­nity, be­cause of the com­mu­nal sup­port we re­ceive, we are buck­ing the trend.”

But he high­lighted re­cent me­dia cov­er­age of the strain to pro­vide so­cial care na­tion­ally.

“We are no ex­cep­tion to this,” Mr Lewis said. “Bud­get freezes from lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, in­creased costs such the na­tional liv­ing wage, an older than av­er­age pop­u­la­tion and an ev­er­in­creas­ing de­mand for ser­vices, all con­trib­ute to dif­fi­cult times ahead.”

He added that he had to re­main pos­i­tive “if I am to get any sleep at night but even in my most pos­i­tive mo­ments, I would strug­gle to say things are rosy.”

Anna Josse, founder of the Prism Fund, which sup­ports grant-mak­ing char­i­ties, ob­served: “If we were in a buoy­ant economy, you would ex­pect to see big­ger in­creases. I would say, talk­ing to some of the big­ger char­i­ties, they have suf­fered since 2008 be­cause of the fi­nan­cial down­turn. Over­all, it is tougher and harder.”

She be­lieves it is a pri­or­ity for Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions to at­tract a newer gen­er­a­tion of donors, reach­ing out to younger peo­ple who may be un­af­fil­i­ated with the or­gan­ised com­mu­nity.

She also thinks the com­mu­nity faces “a ques­tion of whether to start amal­ga­mat­ing some of the smaller char­i­ties” — those rais­ing £1 mil­lion or less an­nu­ally — in or­der to cut over­heads.

Ac­cord­ing to the Char­i­ties Aid Foun­da­tion data­base, there are at least 1,998 char­i­ties in the Jewish sec­tor with an over­all in­come of £949 mil­lion a year. But the growth of the Charedi com­mu­nity is ap­par­ent in or­gan­i­sa­tions serv­ing it, such as Achi­so­moch, which in­creased its vol­un­tary in­come from £15.2 mil­lion in 2015 to £17 mil­lion last year and So­ci­ety of Friends of the To­rah, whose take went up from £12.3 mil­lion in 2014 to £14.9 mil­lion in 2015.

I would strug­gle to say things are rosy’

CHAR­ITY in­come can fluc­tu­ate from year to year for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. For ex­am­ple, JNF UK more than dou­bled its take from 2014 to 2015 be­cause of lega­cies worth more than £4 mil­lion, while Weiz­mann UK en­joyed lega­cies of nearly £3 mil­lion in 2014 but lit­tle from that source the fol­low­ing year. Camp Sim­cha holds a gala din­ner ev­ery sec­ond year, so its in­come was sig­nif­i­cantly up in 2015. The United Syn­a­gogue’s vol­un­tary in­come last year in­cluded nearly £4 mil­lion from the ac­qui­si­tion of syn­a­gogue build­ings — some or­gan­i­sa­tions would list such cap­i­tal trans­fers sep­a­rately from do­na­tions.

Wizo UK ex­cludes money raised through ap­peals and cam­paigns from vol­un­tary in­come but many other char­i­ties do in­clude such in­come.

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