Industry helps UJA-Federation in banner year of fund-raising.
"We have increased the campaign in three of the past four years, but the greatest increase occurred this year," said Charles R. Borrok, vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., who served as General Chair of the 1998 Campaign. "The response we received from tens of thousands of donors represents a reaffirmation of their commitment to community and to federated giving."
Additional funds raised through planned giving and endowments, a Capital Development Fund, and other special campaigns bring the 1998 total to more than $250 million.
Annual campaign dollars are allocated to a network of more than 100 social service agencies in the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. They provide direct assistance to hundreds of thousands of needy individuals, including the frail elderly, homeless people, Holocaust survivors, new Americans, victims of family violence, people with mental and physical ailments, and those with every other human need. Annual campaign monies are also used for the rescue of imperiled populations and their resettlement in Israel and New York, as well as for food, medicine and other desperate needs in the former Soviet Union and more than 50 other countries.
"We are especially proud of this accomplishment in a year when the Jewish community struggled with questions relating to religious diversity and political issues which threatened to divide us," said Stephen D. Solender, the philanthropy's executive vice president. "These issues just made us work that much harder to explain to each individual just how great were the needs of the people we help - people without food or a roof over their heads; people living with AIDS, cancer and other illness; people trapped in war-torn regions; and so many others."
"I was especially lucky to have Klara Silverstein as my co-chair," Borrok said. "It is the people involved who make this organization special. The campaign certainly benefitted from the economy, no question, but it was the tireless efforts of so many dedicated volunteers and professional staff who really made the difference. By taking our message directly to the people, with more creative events, more individual meetings and personal approaches, and just more effort overall, we made it possible to provide that much more assistance to the individuals we serve."
Even before the 1998 campaign had officially closed, efforts were well underway for the 1999 campaign. "Hard as it may be to comprehend as we prepare to enter the new millennium, problems like Jewish poverty, both in the former Soviet Union and right here in New York, are still very much with us," said Solender. "We have an incredible momentum going now, and in the coming year we will be making an all-out effort to gamer the resources to tackle these problems head-on and make a real impact in people's lives."
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|Title Annotation:||real estate industry; UJA-Federation of New York|
|Publication:||Real Estate Weekly|
|Date:||Aug 26, 1998|
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