Federation CJA relies on the generosity of thousands of donors to meet the needs of the Jewish community in Montreal, Israel and abroad. While our annual Combined Jewish Appeal campaign remains the lifeblood that sustains our community each year, we are fortunate to benefit from other gifts that help us meet immediate needs and to plan for the future. These funds, in the form of endowments and capital gifts, allow us to identify and invest in the longer-term needs of our community.
Because of you, our 100th Campaign was truly historic, raising over $53.5 million. This is comprised of: $36.6 million for the Combined Jewish Appeal base campaign, in addition to $3.4 million in one-time free gifts and $13.5 million in one-time gifts designated to local and Israel-based projects*, including $7.4 million for THE 100 Survivor Fund.
The funds raised are allocated in two ways. They are distributed to the Montreal Jewish community through our network of affiliated agencies and communal organizations, allocated to our national system and invested in Israel. They are also used to maintain our community: running the annual campaign, operating the facilities in which many of our agencies are housed, and supporting the operation of Federation CJA and our affiliated agencies with key services such as community security, human resources, information technology and other fundamental supports.**
THE COST OF FUNDRAISING
Federation CJA is proud to have one of the lowest percentage costs for raising money, ensuring that the maximum amount can go to doing the work and providing the programs and services that impact Jewish life here in Montreal, Israel and around the world. Fundraising expenses are 5.9%, which represent the cost of raising funds for the annual Combined Jewish Appeal campaign, and an additional investment of 4%, which is attributed to Financial Resource Development and future revenue acquisition. We attribute this success story to two very important factors:
- Our Corporate Sponsorship program reaches out to the broader business community to corporately sponsor the work of Campaign. Last year we raised over $1.3 million in corporate sponsorships to offset the cost of the Campaign.
- Combined Jewish Appeal benefits from the solicitation of close to 600 volunteer canvassers. This impressive volunteer base helps to optimize our human resources.
THE FEDERATION CJA GENERATIONS FUND
The Federation CJA Generations Fund is one of our most significant and ambitious investments in the future of the Montreal Jewish Community. This important endowment fund, established by Federation CJA in partnership with generous and visionary donors, now includes commitments of over $68 million in endowed funds designated to strengthening Jewish identity and helping to secure the long-term vibrancy of the Montreal Jewish community. Last year, through the Federation CJA Generations Fund, we made available a total of over $3.2 million in our community. Of this sum, $3 million was earmarked for our Jewish day schools and camps for capacity building initiatives and match grants, and to ensure that Jewish families have greater access to a Jewish education and Jewish overnight camping experiences.
One of our core goals is to ensure that our Jewish community continues to grow and prosper in Montreal for generations to come. Operation Montreal (OM) was conceived with the specific purpose of helping to ensure that young people choose to stay in Montreal. Created through a capital campaign in 1996, OM has helped many young Montrealers build a strong Jewish foundation here by supporting programs that respond to their needs. In 2018-19, we allocated $496,650 from OM to programs aimed at sustaining young leaders and helping them build a life in Montreal.
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal is a strategic partner and major funder of Federation CJA and Generations Fund programs and initiatives.
* Designated gifts refer to donations that are made to a specific agency or area of interest.
** A detailed breakdown of our revenues and allocations is available upon request.