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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Connect with Purpose

aka The Jewish Federation   |   North Bethesda, MD   |  www.shalomdc.org

Mission

The Jewish Federation mobilizes people to address the most critical opportunities and challenges facing our diverse and growing Jewish community. We empower and inspire community builders, leaders, and organizations to connect with purpose—joining together to build a strong and vibrant Jewish future. Vision for Our Community: An open, connected, and vibrant Jewish community that cares for each other, fosters Jewish learning and journeys, embraces Jewish peoplehood and Israel, and acts as a force for good in the world. Our Mission: To inspire, build, and sustain vibrant Jewish life in a changing world by mobilizing our community in common purpose, intentional innovation, and effective action.

Notes from the nonprofit

For more than 200 years, Jews in Greater Washington have been shaping the course of Jewish history and serving as vanguards of inspired Jewish life. The same sense of responsibility and optimism that first inspired DC’s Jews to coordinate local service efforts in 1925 continues to guide our work. We are committed to shaping a community that cares for each other, fosters Jewish learning and journeys, embraces Jewish peoplehood and Israel, and acts as a force for good in the world. Together, we can ensure that Jewish Greater Washington continues to grow and evolve, and that future generations can be part of something relevant and meaningful. We can stand up for the values we hold dear for the benefit of our community, our country, and our world. Greater Washington is where people come to create change and build a better future. We hope that as Federation moves forward with our work, we can continue to rely on your participation and support to do exactly that, well into the future.

Ruling year info

1941

Chief Executive Officer

Gil Preuss

Main address

6101 Executive Blvd. Suite 100

North Bethesda, MD 20852 USA

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EIN

53-0212445

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Jewish (X30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Federation’s distinct vantage point empowers us to identify the most pressing issues facing our community and mobilize the people and resources to address them. Economic Vulnerability: Addressing the ongoing and evolving needs of our community in the short term – which include food insecurity, housing, job placement and training, and mental health and domestic abuse services among many others – and furthering a comprehensive and integrated plan to care for those in need for the long term. Vibrant Jewish Life: Supporting community members through different life stages and ensure Jewish Greater Washington is providing necessary resources for each group to keep them engaged, cared for, and connected. Organizational Resilience: Through direct support, leadership development, safety and security, and communal measurement and evaluation, we ensure organizations can not only withstand challenges, but reach their potential.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Allocations to Beneficiary Agencies

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington supports programs and services that care for those in need, deepen people's engagement in Jewish life, and connect Jews locally, in Israel, and around the world. This is done through three primary funding streams. The first is direct funding to 40 local agencies whose priorities and needs fall in line with the Federation mission. Second, we grant funds to The Jewish Federations of North America, our partner agency in the US that distributes money to programs that support our mission overseas. Third and finally, we manage allocations made by donor-advised funds through the Jewish Community Foundation, whereby a donor recommends the program or service they specifically want their money to support.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Jewish people
Adults
Children and youth

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington strives to make Jewish life accessible to everyone, seamlessly connecting the diverse population that makes up the Jewish Community of Greater Washington. Regardless of a person's level of observance, interests, age, or geography, there are countless ways one can experience and enjoy Jewish culture and tradition in our community. Our outreach and engagement programs reach out to isolated seniors, families with young children, newcomers, and others to welcome them and invite them to be a part of our Jewish family. Program examples include incentive grants to families who choose to send their children to Jewish overnight camp for the first time.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Connect with purpose with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Our community is a part of the largest Good Deeds Day effort in North America, joining together over 7,000 local volunteers and more than 90 different community agencies for an annual day of volunteering. Additionally, community members can search through the Jewish community’s central address (jconnect.org) for meaningful service project ideas and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and interests can work together to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of local families in need. Together, we can inspire social change by feeding the hungry, caring for the earth, supporting Holocaust survivors in need, and so much more through a shared passion for tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Jewish people
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizational partners

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollars received in contributions

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of local agencies supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Plan for Communal Vibrancy defines three key priorities as the driving force behind our work for the coming two to four years:
• Meeting Individual & Family Needs
• Ensuring the Success and Resilience of Jewish Communal Organizations
• Deepening Jewish Learning & Journeys

At the same time, caring for and strengthening our Jewish community remains at the core of Federation’s work. By leading with our values, we are committed to spearheading the essential social changes needed to make our community more vibrant and inclusive — locally, in Israel, and around the world.

Meeting Individual & Family Needs
COVID-19 exacerbated challenges for community members who faced adversity even before the pandemic. Today, even as we enter a post-pandemic world, we are seeing unprecedented levels of financial and food insecurity, mental health needs, and employment training and placement needs. Seeing the growing needs of our community over the past three years has revealed the need for a long-term strategy to address poverty in the Greater Washington community. Our new, integrated initiative to assist Individuals and Families in Need is focused on food insecurity, housing/financial insecurity, job training and placement, and mental health and domestic abuse. In tackling these four areas, we expect to address the major stressors that present barriers to an individual’s and family’s ability to support themselves.

Additionally, Vibrant Jewish Life, Ensuring Success and Resilience of Jewish Communal Organizations and Deepening Jewish Learning & Journeys

Strong community organizations are vital to building a vibrant Jewish future in Greater Washington. The essential, identity-building programs and experiences our local institutions provide are irreplaceable. At the same time, Jewish communal experiences are critical to cultivating and strengthening Jewish identity. We are ensuring that the rich diversity of Jewish opportunities in Greater Washington continues to be accessible to and meet the needs of our community for years to come.

Federation’s role as a central convener of Jewish Greater Washington has enabled us to take an overarching approach to meet cross-communal needs.

In addition to the millions we allocate annually to our partners, Federation regularly convenes local organizations to listen and collaborate on shared issues. One such conversation led to a particularly meaningful vaccine initiative partnership between Edlavitch DCJCC and Hillel at The George Washington University, now also funded by Federation.

Through a significant investment in scholarships and financial aid, we are addressing pandemic-induced
financial barriers to Jewish life and working to increase participation in early childhood education, day
schools, and summer camps. In helping more families opt into Jewish experiences for their children, we
are also investing in the future leadership of our community.

Our partnerships across the Jewish community are crucial to Federation’s work to identify and
address the needs of our Jewish community.

• Federation supports 57 local agencies across DC, MD, and Northern VA, and is the largest single donor to more than half of these organizations.
• We continue to foster deep relationships with more than 60 congregations across the region and across denominations.
• Beyond Greater Washington, we partner with 14 national organizations and 15 Israel and overseas partners and programs, with an additional 21 grantees in Israel in 2022-23.

Supporting individuals & families in need: Through 703-J-CARING: the Jewish Community Support Line, Federation and our human service partners have increased our ability to connect those in need with available resources. To date, 1,300 callers have been connected with critical resources when they need them most. The support line provides an opportunity to connect community members to a Care Navigator to ensure in-depth case management support for those who require more substantive assistance in navigating resources.

Deepening Jewish learning and journeys: Through a significant investment in scholarships and financial aid, Federation is working to increase family participation in Jewish early childhood education, day schools, and summer camps, proven indicators of future engagement and leadership in the Jewish community and an entry point for individual Jewish journeys. Since summer 2021, an investment of more than $1M in Jewish summer camping has resulted in 2x the number of camps partnering with Federation, ultimately supporting nearly 4x as many campers through both One Happy Camper grants and Federation scholarships year over year.

Building resilient and connected Jewish organizations and leaders: Federation is committed to bringing together diverse leaders from across our communal landscape to address pressing issues and develop shared solutions to meet them. Federation also funds innovation and experimentation, enabling organizations to try new things and build resilience to confront future challenges.

Federation allocated $9M+ in 2022-23 to strengthen and sustain a flourishing Jewish community in
which all members can find a sense of belonging and develop meaningful ties with one another; engage deeply with Jewish culture, texts, history tradition, wisdom, and values; connect with groups and organizations that foster and sustain ongoing relationships; and act as a force for good in the world.

Enhancing Jewish Greater Washington’s safety and security: Federation and Secure Community Network security experts provide life-saving training and access to federal funding to fund physical security enhancements to local Jewish agencies and synagogues throughout Greater Washington, especially those at high risk of terrorist attacks.

Deepening our engagement with and support of Israel and Israelis: Federation is working to bridge the growing gap between American Jews and Israel through ongoing dialogue, immersive experiences, and innovation. We increased our investment in the Community Shlichim (Israeli emissaries) Program for FY23, bringing our community cohort to 12. Currently, Federation has the second largest cohort of shlichim across the Federation network.

Learn more: shalomdc.org/impact

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Board of directors
as of 03/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robin Hettleman Weinberg Kaplan

Mark A. Levitt

Gil Preuss

Samuel Kaplan

Melanie Franco Nussdorf

Robin Hettleman Weinberg

Jeffrey Distenfeld

David Selden

Kerry Iris

Deborah Ratner Salzberg

Marty Janis

Toby Frank

Michael Friedman

Johanna Chanin

Jessica Sher

Max Sandler

Oliver Macklin

Jill Granader

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/21/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.