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How allocations help shape the future

In the beginning it was simple and the mandate clear: “to enhance the viability and vitality of Jewish life and provide a safety net for the future…….” The Foundation’s Allocations process was presided over by a committee who reviewed applications for seed money for new and innovative projects. The goal was to have the beneficiaries become self sustaining with a start-up boost from the Foundation. Grants came from annual proceeds of the Foundation’s undesignated funds.

Over the years, donors showed a strong desire to choose their beneficiaries through designated or donor-advised funds. However “grass roots” allocations are still available and, combined with the dreams of our donors, the Foundation’s history of allocations has touched every aspect of Jewish life. Among the early grant recipients:

Alex Dworkin Poverty Initiative 1998 One of numerous projects created and/or supported by Alexander Dworkin z”l, this initiative was aimed at improving the quality of life of the poor in partnership with various Jewish communal agencies. Among the projects: the Computer Drop-in Centre at the Y, which originally targeted youth at risk and today, is filled with adults of all ages.

Hope and Cope
Founded by Sheila Kussner O.C, O.Q. in 1981, Hope & Cope is recognized nationally and internationally as a model for volunteer-based cancer care, relying on over 400 volunteers and a professional staff who provide psychosocial support services to cancer patients and their caregivers.

CJCS Home exercise program for the elderly 2007
This program provides the services of an exercise physiologist who works with seniors living with mental, physical and financial challenges. The resulting increased stamina and balance have had a significant and unique impact on their lives.

Tal Am / Tal Sela
Developed by writers and teachers in Montreal and in Israel, including Tova Shimon, this unique curriculum of Hebrew Language Arts and Jewish Studies is nurturing generations of Jewish children around the world who are literate in the Hebrew language and equipped with the knowledge, skills and commitment they need to live vibrant Jewish lives.

BJEC Accreditation of day schools
In 2005 Akiva became the first Jewish day school in Canada to be accredited by the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI). The Foundation provided a grant to cover the expenses for all schools choosing to participate. Today, under the Shaping our Future Leadership Institute, the process continues.

KlezKanada 2007
A Foundation success story, the annual event draws hundreds of participants from 16 countries. Programs now include scholarships and concerts year round.

Ghetto Shul 2000
Named for the Student Ghetto east of the McGill campus, the Ghetto Shul is a grass-roots student-run synagogue acting as a stronghold of Judaism for the downtown Montreal community. Their diverse programming continues to expand thanks, in part, to a JCF cultural grant in 2010.

Which leads us to the future of allocations and Shaping Our Future-Connecting through Culture. Applications for cultural grants are now being accepted.
Deadline for submission: April 1, 2012

Info on Connecting through Culture and application form

More on JCF Allocations

From unrestricted …to designated… to inspired giving…to whatever your heart desires…see how our donors have helped shaped our future and enriched our community through 40 years of allocations.
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