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Maintaining or increasing philanthropic investment in the Jewish communal enterprise is needed to meet existing and new needsThe following numbers and charts reflect fundraising results of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the community’s largest fundraising organization and, housed within the Federation, the Jewish Community Foundation. Please note that contributions from year to year fluctuate due to factors such as the value of the market, the value of interest rates, and individuals’ personal giving capacities.

Summary Metrics

FY2014 FY2013 FY2012 FY2011 Net change from most two recent years Percent change from most two recent years
Total contributions to the Annual Campaign $13,500,000 $13,350,000 $13,000,000 $12,800,000 $150,000 1.1%
Total contributions to the Jewish Community Foundation $18,500,000 $14,300,000 $17,770,000 $14,500,000 $4,170,000 29.2%
Total contributions to the Education Improvement Tax Credit Program $4,400,000 $3,600,000 $3,200,000 $3,600,000 $800,000 22.2%
Supplemental gifts, government grants, and corporate sponsorship  $3,600,000 $3,250,000  $2,200,000  $2,200,000  $310,000 9.5%
Total contributions to the Jewish Federation $40,000,000 $34,500,000 $36,200,000 $33,100,000 $5,500,000 15.9%

 

Further details about these funds can be found using the links at the bottom of this page.

  • Over the last five years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Annual Campaign has grown by dollar amount, reaching more than $13.35 million in FY2013. The number of donors to the Campaign, however, has declined since 2009 but the downward trend was reversed in 2013.  In three out of the last five years, the number of lost commitments – i.e., commitments not renewed – has been greater than the number of new or recovered commitments.

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    While the total dollar amount has increased over the last five years, the number of donors has decreased overall, though it saw an uptick from 2012 to 2013 and a slight increase from 2013 to 2014. The biggest decrease was from 2011 to 2012, and the trend was reversed from 2012 to 2013 and 2014.

    Donors to AC 14-15

    The number of commitments that were not renewed had outpaced the number of new or recovered (past donors who skipped at least one year of giving) commitments for four years from 2009 to 2012. In 2013, the trend was reversed.

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    Retention Rate

    (Retention rate was calculated using ((E-N)/S)*100 where E=number of donors at the end of the fiscal year; N=number new donors during the fiscal year, and S=number of donors at the start of the fiscal year.)

  • Over the last three years, the Jewish Community Foundation’s assets have grown to more than $200 million. From 2013, it saw an 15.9% increase in total value. The number of funds within the Foundation grew 2.4% from 2013 to 2014.

    FY2014 FY2013 FY2012 FY2011 Net change from two most recent years Percent change from two most recent years
    Total value of the Jewish Community Foundation $203,772,609 $175,859,644 $155,506,256 $148,720,789  $27,912,965 15.9%
    Number of funds held in the Jewish Community Foundation 1,025 1,001 945 909 24 2.4%
    Total distributions of the Jewish Community Foundation $20,497,077 $19,155,416 $15,406,690 $1,341,661 7.0%

     

    The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future (CFJF) is an endowment within the Jewish Community Foundation that provides immediate and ongoing funding to make quality Jewish learning and experiences available to everyone. CFJF is the most significant philanthropic undertaking in Pittsburgh’s Jewish history. From 2013 to 2014, CFJF experienced an 12.0% increase in their campaign after a 8.7% increase from 2012-2013.

    FY2014 FY2013 FY2012 FY2011 Net change from most two most recent years Percent change from two most recent years
    Cumulative contributions to CFJF $21,007,227 $18,755,132 $17,122,198 $13,294,196 $2,252,095 12.0%
    Cumulative contributors to CFJF 83 58 37 21 25 43.1%

  • Endowments are designed to keep a principal donation intact while using the investment income from accumulated interest for charitable efforts. Endowed campaign contributions ensure that funding for Jewish communal organizations endure in perpetuity.

    FY2014 FY2013 FY2012 FY2011 Net change from most two recent years Percent change from most two recent years
    Total number of Campaign endowments 154 144 129 127 10 6.9%
    Percentage of Annual Campaign donors giving over $1,000 that have established a Campaign endowment 11.9% 11.1% 10.0% 9.9% 1.1% 7.2%
    Percentage of ALL Annual Campaign donors that have established a Campaign endowment 3.3% 3.1% 3.0% 2.6% 0.1% 6.5%
    Percentage of Annual Campaign dollars that are supported by a Campaign endowment 2.4% 2.6% 2.7% 2.8% (0.2%) (7.7%)

Organizations that participated in this study include: the Centennial Fund for a Jewish Futurethe Jewish Community Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.