Federation Support for the City of Cleveland and the Region
The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland is well integrated into the local Jewish and general communities of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Some of the Federation’s initiatives and programs are identified below.
1. Federation donor advised philanthropic funds and/or supporting foundations provide significant funding to endeavors in the local general community. In FY 2005/2006 and 2006/2007, grants totaling $12.93 million were realized by organizations in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, and Summit Counties for programs in the areas of arts, culture and humanities; education; human services; community improvement and capacity building; and philanthropy and volunteerism.
2. Strengthening and Growing Jewish Cleveland (SGJC)’s professional networks focus on attraction and retention of young Jews to Cleveland. Its Human Resources Alliance, the cornerstone of SGJC’s aggressive talent recruitment efforts, brings together an “alliance” of business and community leaders to place highly-skilled talent in Northeast Ohio jobs. The ongoing monthly series, “A.M. Networks,” attracts Jewish Cleveland’s young professionals for valuable networking.
3. SGJC’s print and digital marketing campaign, and regional “satellite Cleveland” campaign, promote the entire Jewish community (agencies/programs/services/networks) to attract Jews to Cleveland.
Community Relations/Tikkun Olam
1. The Community Relations Committee (CRC) works with the broader community to foster positive intergroup relations, engage in public action to expand opportunities and resources for all, and respond to immediate crises which threaten civil liberties, human rights and Jewish security. Relationships have been established with individual leaders from many ethnic, racial and religious communities. The CRC has active programs with the Hispanic, African American, Arab/Muslim/Palestinian, Evangelical, Catholic and labor communities.
2. The Federation operates two direct service hands-on volunteer programs created to increase involvement in the City of Cleveland – Jewish Volunteers in Action (JVA) and the Public Education Initiative (PEI).
3. The Federation’s government relations efforts to increase and direct funds for Jewish institutions benefit the neediest in both the Jewish and general communities – government advocacy efforts, for example, have helped to sustain Medicaid coverage for residents of Montefiore, Menorah Park and all other long-term care institutions that serve the Jewish and general communities.
4. The Federation has a long-standing history of providing financial support to the campaigns for Cuyahoga County levies as well as for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. In an ongoing relationship to better understand each others’ issues, public officials – the mayor, members of council and others – are regularly invited to Federation events.
Engaging the Next Generation
1. SGJC, in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, funded the Cleveland Hillel Foundation Summer Internship Program. 23 students participated, with 14 placements west of mid-town. Interns were exposed to Cleveland’s social/professional/civic opportunities. A new and aggressive program goal for 2009 is to place 20 students entering their senior year in college with internships that will lead to career placements in Cleveland.
2. SGJC fosters connections between job seekers and employers and/or community members to build interactive networks. Currently under development, SGJC is creating an aggressive recruitment/job matching program that leverages industry knowledge with online resources and referral.
3. Through the work of the Federation’s Human Resources Department, there is an emphasis on identifying emerging leadership and working with community organizations to place strong candidates on boards in the general community.