Making an Impact

In May 2019, the Buffalo Jewish Federation changed from primarily a fund-raising organization to one that provides an array of services and programming with our mission and goals aligned with six Community Impact Areas:

  1. Jewish Experience, Engagement and Learning
  2. Caring for Jewish Buffalo
  3. Promoting a Civil and Just Society
  4. Connection to Israel and Global Jewry
  5. Preserving our Legacy
  6. Sustaining and Securing our Community

In crafting Federation’s operating budget and determining grants for our local and overseas partners, Federation’s leadership connects the resources we raise from thousands of donors to each impact area so that we and our partners can build a more connected, caring and vibrant community in Buffalo and around the world.

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Local Impact

Through a system of community partner agencies and synagogues, we seek to gather every age and segment of our community to strengthen Jewish life and care for one another. Our campaign grants within the Federation umbrella (such as support for The Jewish Journal and the Holocaust Resource Center) as well as local partner grants provide an array of program touch points from cultural arts through the JCC, engagement, experiences and student leadership development for Jewish college students at Chabad and Hillel, Jewish day school education at Ohr Temimim and for Kadimah Scholars at Park School and so much more.

Global Impact

Federation also provides grants for organizations that support Jews in need outside of our region. Overseas Partner Grants were awarded to our three historic partners, The Jewish Agency For Israel (JAFI), The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and World ORT, as well as six new non-profit organizations in Israel. These grants include $2,500 of designated gifts from the Momentum group and $1,800 allocated by teens participating in the Being Jewish in 2020 program.

Combined Impact

Federation dollars constantly and consistently meet the needs of our Jewish family, no matter how far-reaching and no matter where they may be, and when combining the campaign grants to support Federation programs and activities and grants made to our local and overseas partners, the total grant funds awarded for 2021 is $1,997,550. Below is a chart that indicates the overall impact of campaign dollars including a breakdown of partner grants by impact area and a list of all the organizations receiving a partner grant in each impact area (listed in order from largest to smallest).

Jewish Experience, Engagement and Learning

Nurture relationships that connect, engage, and enrich all Jews and their loved ones and those exploring Judaism. Promote community engagement through activities, experiences and learning. Amplify the work of and promote collaboration between traditional institutions and innovative Jewish groups, including synagogues, minyans, agencies, schools and affinity groups.

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Caring for Jewish Buffalo

Ensure that care and support is available for Jews and their loved ones facing financial, emotional, physical or spiritual needs.

Partner Grants
(totaling $138,750):

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Jewish Family Services of WNY

Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association (HBLA)

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Promoting a Civil and Just Society

Cultivate and foster meaningful and collaborative relationships with other faith and ethnic groups and cultural communities with the goal of educating, advocating and building a more civil and just society.  Combat hate, antisemitism and discrimination in all forms; teach the lessons of the Holocaust through effective education and programming; highlight Upstanders as role models; and provide support to individuals and communities in times of crisis.

Partner Grants
(totaling $102,600):

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JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council)

Holocaust Resource Center

Hillel of Buffalo

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Connection to Israel and Global Jewry

Advocate on behalf of, and develop connections to, the State of Israel and the Jewish people around the world.

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Preserving our Legacy

Celebrate and honor our rich heritage, collective history and enduring faith by curating and promoting Jewish wisdom, cultural arts, history, communal celebrations and memorials.

Partner Grants
(totaling $201,600):

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Public Relations (Jewish Journal and My Jewish Buffalo)

Cemetery Corporation

Jewish Buffalo History Center

Holocaust Resource Center


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Sustaining and Securing our Community

Create and strengthen the structure necessary to support a strong and vibrant Jewish Buffalo.  Cultivate investments to support the current and long term financial and facility needs of the entire community.  Develop human capital to ensure innovative and responsive leadership by both professional and volunteer leaders.   Foster collaboration and partnership among community partners through convening, planning, and shared services to optimize our collective resources.  Lastly, invest in security measures and coordinate with all levels of law enforcement to enhance the safety and well-being of Jewish Buffalo at places of worship and community gathering.

Partner Grants
(totaling $513,000):

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Talent & Leadership


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