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What is JEWISHcolorado?

JEWISHcolorado is the combined entity of the former Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado (Federation) and its endowment and planned giving arm, the Jewish Community Foundation (Foundation).  Much like its preceding entities, JEWISHcolorado “helps today” by raising charitable dollars through a robust Annual Campaign while also “securing tomorrow” through comprehensive conversations with donors around planned giving opportunities.  

Why was a name change necessary?

As part of a three-year Reimagining initiative, extensive community research determined that “Federation” no longer resonated with younger and more contemporary donors.  It was also determined that “Foundation” created too much confusion.  JEWISHcolorado simply drops the “F” word(s) and aims to bridge a 20th century organization into the 21st century by embracing the rugged individualism and pioneering spirit that is unique to this community.   

Is JEWISHcolorado affiliated with the national Federation system?

JEWISHcolorado is still a proud member of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), along with 153 other federations and over 300 independent network communities across the country.  While we’ve taken some creative liberty with our new entity name, we will continue to partner with the federation system as well as benefit from all of the invaluable resources and services JFNA has to offer.

How is JEWISHcolorado structured and governed?

JEWISHcolorado is structured as a 501c3 public charity.  Unlike Federation which had several layers of governance, JEWISHcolorado is governed by a single Board of Directors. This ensures that authority and decision making is clearly delineated.  In order to retain its historic levels of volunteer engagement however, JEWISHcolorado allows for several standing and programming committees that will focus on specific functions and will work to progress the overall objectives of the organization.

How is JEWISHcolorado’s work in the community different?

JEWISHcolorado’s mission is not very different from that of the Federation.  We remain committed to securing resources, both human and financial, to meet the current needs of the Jewish community.  We are also committed to mobilizing the community in times of need.  What is different is a narrowing of focus and a prioritization around limited resources.    Instead of trying to be all things to all people, JEWISHcolorado will work on promoting the unique and value-added programming it provides on behalf of the community.  In addition, JEWISHcolorado will strive to complement and enhance the work of other Jewish institutions locally and globally through select Strategic Alliance partnerships as well as funding for external programs based on three key areas determined in the community research.  These are: 1. Engaging the next generation in being Jewish, 2. Caring for the vulnerable; and 3. Supporting Israel and advocating on behalf of the Jewish world.  

Will local and overseas organizations still receive funding through JEWISHcolorado?

Yes.  While organizations will no longer receive a set allocation as they may have in the past, they will still be eligible for funding through JEWISHcolorado’s grant making function.  Grant making enables JEWISHcolorado to be more strategic around how it distributes funding in the community.  Going forward, grants will be based on a PIN funding model.  PIN funding states that organizations must apply for specific Programs that have Impact and Need.  A program has Impact if it is aligned with the three key areas of focus determined in the community research.  A program has need if there is a shortage between resources already committed for the program and what it costs to administer the program. 

What is a Strategic Alliance partnership?

A Strategic Alliance is a formal collaborative agreement between JEWISHcolorado and another Jewish organization to pursue a set of agreed upon goals while each remaining independent and autonomous. Strategic Alliances create efficiencies in the community by reducing a duplication of services and by focusing on the core competencies of each organization.  Over the next several years, JEWISHcolorado will likely establish 6-8 strategic alliance relationships.  The first of these was with the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE).  This relationship enables CAJE to focus on their program administration while JEWISHcolorado focuses on the resource development for these important programs.   

How are Strategic Alliances different than other beneficiary organizations?

Strategic Alliance partners receive priority funding from dollars available in JEWISHcolorado’s Annual Campaign.  Other beneficiary organizations receive funding from dollars designated for grant making.  Grant making dollars are annually determined after strategic alliance commitments, community programs administered by JEWISHcolorado, and a reasonable overhead ratio have all been satisfied.  While available dollars for grant making are not anticipated to be less than allocations have in the past, this “cascade” model will help JEWISHcolorado navigate difficult funding decisions if and when the Annual Campaign does not perform as expected.  

What is the minimum gift for designating my gift(s)?

The suggested minimum gift to JEWISHcolorado before designating dollars to specific programs or external organizations is $1,000.  This minimum is based on analytical research conducted around where the majority of designated giving lives within the Annual Campaign.  While JEWISHcolorado will never turn down a donor’s generous philanthropy, our work in the community is almost entirely dependent on unrestricted “Core” dollars.  Over time, we hope to continue to educate our donors and build a strong case for why it is critical to support JEWISHcolorado directly in addition to favorite programs or agencies.  

What happened to the Flagship Fund?

The foundation of the Annual Campaign is the FLAGSHIP FUND. It is the one fund that does it all! It aligns resources with the most critical and ever-changing needs of the Jewish community and leverages donor dollars to make the greatest impact.

The Flagship Fund supports JEWISHcolorado’s Strategic Alliance partnerships, value-added community programs, internal operations, and external grant making to other Jewish organizations.

For more information on JEWISHcolorado and the new direction of our business, please contact us at (303) 321-3399.