Fundraising underway

By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Jewish Federation aims to raise $1.7 million in its annual drive this year, up from $1.63 million last year, when it exceeded its goal by $30,000.

The federation also has launched a five-year effort to raise $20 million for its endowment.

The annual drive, which began in October and lasts through May, consists of a men’s campaign, chaired by Philip Segal III, president of P.M. Segal & Associates, and a women’s campaign, chaired by Liz Winter Cohen, president and owner of The Telephone Centre.

Staffing the drive, with a public kickoff Dec. 5 at Beth David Synagogue featuring former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, will be hundreds of volunteers who will solicit individual gifts, organize special events and stage a phone-a-thon Feb. 6, the day of the Super Bowl.

“We’re soliciting increased dollars to be able to accommodate increased need in our community and abroad,” says Marilyn Chandler, executive director. “The more people that help out, the better.”

Funds raised in the drive support agencies in the region and abroad that serve the Jewish community.

The largest local beneficiaries, for example, include Jewish Family Services, B’nai Shalom Synagogue Jewish Community Day School and North Carolina Hillel, while programs funded overseas include United Jewish Communities, which in turn distributes funds to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

In addition to the annual drive, the federation also raises roughly $100,000 a year in contributions to other programs, including the Anytown, an interfaith program for teens provided by the National Conference for Community and Justice.

The federation also oversees the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro, which has 161 funds and $19.3 million in assets, mostly from local donors, but also from funds for Jewish federations in Asheville, Durham-Chapel Hill and Raleigh-Cary.

In the first nine months of 2004, the foundation distributed $1.19 million to local, statewide and national charities, both Jewish and secular.

The foundation, directed by Susan Gutterman, director of planned giving, and chaired by Randall Kaplan, president of The Capsule Group, also has been told it will receive another $7 million in gifts designated through wills to benefit Jewish causes, including the federation

The foundation in June launched a five-year effort to raise $20 million in endowment commitments to benefit the federation and its programs.

Those programs include overseas study missions; Israel experiences for young people; a Jewish community high school operated in partnership with Beth David Synagogue and Temple Emanuel; and educational programming for adults.

The federation also is undertaking three new initiatives, including construction of a Jewish community center in the Beltsy community in Moldova in the former Soviet Union to which the federation has sponsored family camps for the past four summers; creation of a people-to-people and community-to-community partnership with a community just outside Jerusalem, possibly even including that community in the Beltsy partnership; and a fourth annual interfaith study mission to Israel in September 2005, co-sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice.

The mission is co-chaired by Nancy Brenner, immediate past president of the federation, and Claudette Burroughs White, a member of the Greensboro City Council.

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