DEAR FEDERATION FAMILY:
Impact Today. Imagine Tomorrow. It is our Federation’s call to action to care for our Jewish family in need today and build a strong and thriving Jewish community for tomorrow. We are proud to report that our Federation has not just aspired to the call this past year; we have answered it, with one of the strongest years of growth in our 37-year history.
The 2015 fiscal year was unprecedented in terms of Financial Resource Development. Our Annual Campaign grew for the third year in a row by 7 percent to nearly $15 million with an increased number of donors at all levels. That means more people fed, comforted, educated and protected – locally, in Israel and throughout the world. And we are engaging more local, national and international agency partners in the process.
The future looks brighter than ever as the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF) continued to grow total assets from $75 million to almost $80 million and increase grants to the Annual Campaign from $1.1 million to $1.3 million. JJCF’s Create a Jewish Legacy program enjoyed tremendous success in its first year of participation in the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Life & Legacy initiative with more than 15 local institutions generating nearly $26 million in expectancies, far surpassing its initial goals.
Eight years in the making, Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, a 23-acre state-of-the-art Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), opened its doors this past January. Federation’s largest capital project since the opening of our South Campus in 1991, Sinai will provide a significant income stream for the vital programs and services of our organization and its beneficiary agencies – for years to come. Our campus will also soon be home to the new Yeshiva High School facility, scheduled to open in January 2017.
With another successful campaign in full stride, we are also proud to report that our Federation Divisions, Departments and Club Communities continue to grow and reach more local residents. And hundreds of people are touring our campus each year to discover the best-kept Jewish secret in Boca.
As we look back, it is clear that our call to impact today and imagine tomorrow is no longer about hopes – it is about hopes fulfilled. And it is our sincere hope that you will join us to explore ways you can support and serve this vibrant and dynamic Jewish community of ours – and extend our caring reach even further to those we have yet to touch in ways we have never imagined.