A Year to Celebrate. A Future to Imagine. In our 39th year of building this community and coming together to care for our people, we have never stood on more solid ground. With continued growth in our Annual Campaign and the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation, as well as revenues from the development of Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences, our financial footing is firm and we are laying an ever-stronger foundation for the future of our sacred mission.
Our 2017 Annual Campaign grew for the fifth year in a row, to more than $15.25 million in unrestricted contributions, as well as $527,000 in restricted income. Nearly $2 million was raised in new, increased and retrieved gifts. These and other increases mean that our Federation is able to help more of our people in more ways. Our growing list of 78 beneficiary agencies and organizations includes a widening scope of collaborations, as well as vital, innovative programs and services that serve our community and our global Jewish family.
In addition, the growth of our Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF) makes clear that we are building a strong philanthropic culture that values endowments and planned giving. The assets of our JJCF have grown to more than $90 million, including $16 million in unrestricted dollars. As the third year draws to a close, the 15 local Jewish organizations and synagogues in JJCF’s Create a Jewish Legacy program have generated $60.5 million in expectancies for the future of this community.
Our 100-acre campus is a further expanding resource. The Independent Living residences at Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences remain fully occupied with a long waiting list, while the now fully operational Health Care Center units are occupied above 97%. With the opening of Katz Yeshiva High School, we are now the only community with multiple Jewish preschools, elementary schools and high schools on one campus.
More residents including many newcomers are visiting our campus than ever before through a growing number of well-subscribed tours and events. Most recently, the first Community-Wide Purim Carnival drew 2,000 diverse Jewish neighbors to our back field for a festive afternoon.
As the area’s Jewish community planner and builder, Federation continues to reach broader and deeper, strengthening partnerships and creating new ones while engaging more residents. This past year we also embarked on the first community demographic study in twelve years. What we learn about Jewish South Palm Beach County’s composition, involvement, attitudes, needs and desires will greatly enhance our ability to address current funding needs and plan for the future with our caring community.