Backed by a number of the Jewish community’s largest philanthropic organizations, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is launching a new initiative to raise $54 million to support local communities in providing assistance to those impacted by the novel coronavirus and its economic fallout.
The Human Services Relief Matching Fund, which includes a 50% match from major philanthropists, will direct fundraised dollars to local communities to allocate as needed to address issues including food insecurity, employment assistance, services for the aging and mental health programs. Funding for general human services began to slow in the spring as government-funded stimulus programs wound down.
The 2:1 match is being supported by the Maimonides Fund, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; Crown Family Philanthropies; the Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Foundation, the Singer Family Foundation, Leslie and Abigail Wexner and the Wilf Family Foundation.
The launch of the new program is separate from the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF), which was launched in April to provide $91 million in loans and grants to assist Jewish organizations struggling to cover expenses in the early months of the pandemic. Several of the foundations backing JFNA’s new initiative also provided funding for JCRIF.