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AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE INC

SAVING JEWISH LIVES AND BUILDING JEWISH LIFE

aka JDC

New York, NY

Mission

Active today in some 70 countries, we work to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Our reach extends beyond the global Jewish community by providing high-impact disaster relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.

Ruling Year

1933

Executive Vice President & CEO

David Schizer

Main Address

220 East 42nd Street

New York, NY 10017 USA

Keywords

Jewish life, vulnerable Jews, global Jewry, humaintarian aide, Jewish community

EIN

13-1656634

 Number

7025285437

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Relief (Q33)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Our mission is simple: care for the most vulnerable, develop innovative ways to fight poverty and build community, and partner with the Jews we serve throughout the world, from Budapest to Birobidzhan and Buenos Aires to Mumbai. In the former Soviet Union, JDC's largest area (both in geographic scope and in number of people served) the network of Hesed social welfare centers JDC founded in 15 countries across nine time zones work tirelessly, delivering aid to the neediest Jews. In Europe, and other parts of the world, JDC works in partnership with local Jewish communities and JDC created agencies to implement this aid program.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Helping the World's Neediest Jews

Empowering all Israelis

Responding to Global Emergencies

Building Jewish Life and Leaders

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens,

Families

Related program

Helping the World's Neediest Jews

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Around the world, JDC, often in partnership with the local Jewish community, serves thousands of elderly, children and families in need with home care, food & medicines, and other life saving care.

Number of older adults being supported to live at home through home care, assistive technology, and/or personal support plans

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related program

Helping the World's Neediest Jews

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

JDC provides life-saving home care to thousands of elderly Jews in Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related program

Helping the World's Neediest Jews

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

JDC provides food aid to elderly in Jewish communities around the world.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Helping the Worlds Neediest Jews
JDC delivers life-saving relief and social services to tens of thousands of needy -- mainly elderly and poor families-- living in dire conditions in places where nearly no other social services exist. JDC mainly does this through a network of JDC founded and funded Hesed social welfare centers across the former Soviet Union and in partnership with local Jewish communities across Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Building Jewish Life and Leaders
Through Jewish Community Centers, summer camps, family retreats, cultural and educational programming, and leadership training, JDC works to build rising generations of Jewish leadership who can contribute to their own communities' self sufficiency, their neighbor's welfare, and global needs. As Jewish communities across the globe confront rising anti-Semitism, far-right political extremism, heightened terrorism, and economic tumult, JDC deploys a program of resilience activities to mitigate these challenges, prepare for future crises or issues, and also ensure continued investment in building Jewish life in post-Communist societies, Western Europe, and in historic Jewish communities in Africa and Asia with more traditional constructs.

Empowering All Israelis
JDC works to improve the lives of Israel's most vulnerable populations through innovative programs that increase access to social services, education, employment, and opportunities to more fully integrate into Israeli society. JDC partners with the Israeli government, local NGOs, civil and society leaders, and the populations themselves to research, pilot, and scale-up solutions to the challenges these groups face.

Responding to Global Emergencies
The lives of millions annually are irrevocably altered in an instant when natural disasters or other calamities strike. JDC leverages more than a century of experience helping Jewish communities to provide expert, immediate humanitarian aid and long-term rebuilding efforts for communities in crisis around the world. In addition, we often partner with local Jewish communities to deploy this response or with Israel to bring first in class Israeli capacity to global emergencies.

JDC supports local Jewish communities to enhance their capacity to independently serve their neediest and ensure their own community longevity and interconnectedness. We build Jewish experiences that inspire Jewish identity and values among children, teens, and families and also invest programs to train Jewish young leaders and professionals from nearly every continent.
Among our flagship programs for achieving this are: Jewish Community Centers serving as central hubs of Jewish engagement, energizing young and old; Jewish street festivals and cultural programming in spaces outside the Jewish community to engage people where they are; camping programs engaging young Jews and their families around the world, including the Szarvas international camp that for nearly 30 years has fostered Jewish identity and shaped Jewish leaders in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond; and leadership training programs in the former Soviet Union and Europe which have contributed to the strengthening of Jewish community life and proliferation of innovative programming to respond to community needs.
Additionally, JDC's Entwine platform annually engages hundreds of young Jewish adults, mainly from the U.S., in volunteerism/service, educational programing, and leadership development all with the aim of building Jewish community life abroad and at home when the Entwine participants return inspired.
Empowering All Israelis
We partner with the Israeli government to develop innovative solutions to social challenges, tapping into Israel's famous entrepreneurial spirit to help close the achievement gap. Partnering with more than 20 Israeli government ministries, our programs touch hundreds of thousands of Israelis. The JDC model is: We effectively pilot research-backed social experiments in key locations, testing and optimizing our initiatives, and then hand them over to the government, which scales them up to run nationwide. Our Leadership and Governance Institute trains the next generation of passionate, impactful Israeli mayors and community advocates.
Responding to Global Emergencies
From Haiti to Nepal and from Ecuador to the Philippines, JDC is rapidly on the ground after a disaster strikes, working with communities to not just rebuild but truly recover — crafting innovative, sustainable solutions to help ensure that the towns and cities hit hardest bounce back stronger than ever before.
JDC has a long history of disaster response, in a wide variety of contexts — so when new calamities strike, we can share proven solutions in real time. Moreover, JDC focuses on sustainable rebuilding efforts, ensuring that there's a real path forward for communities in crisis. JDC is also particularly focused on empowering the most vulnerable – women and children, seniors, and people with disabilities,– in times of disaster through work in areas of health and livelihood as part of our robust relief and recovery effort.

JDC has been operating in extremely challenging environments continuously since 1914, from war zones to famine-hit regions, to areas where genocide was perpetrated. JDC has more than a century of experience helping distressed Jewish communities worldwide and has honed expertise, built and refined models of intervention, and spent countless hours working with local, international, North American and Israeli partners to ensure maximized impact. JDC's worldwide reach, and partnership model, enables it to ensure deep engagement with local communities, and by embedding itself in these communities and drawing staff and ideas from local community members, JDC understands and can respond to local needs in customized, highly relevant ways.

JDC programs touch people — communities in crisis and Jews around the world — on six continents. JDC's long institutional history, expert professional staff, and creativity in solution-oriented programming ensures that we are continually learning and innovating to meet the ever evolving needs of those we serve. In fact, many JDC staff were once in need themselves, participated in JDC's community based programs or had family members that were, in some way, served by JDC over the organization's long history. This creates a cadre of professionals who are second to none in their dedication to, and understanding of, their work.

JDC continually develops its Impact Measurement/Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) capacity and practice. Each region and division is implementing MERL in ways that are at once unified and customized for regional-specific needs. JDC is now working to integrate its MERL practice more deeply into its annual planning cycle for enhanced data-informed decision making. Each region and division conducts a wide variety of monitoring and evaluation that reflects the scope and breadth of JDC's reach around the world. Some highlights, by major program area, are listed below: Helping the Worlds Neediest Jews JDC collects detailed data on its welfare service provision. Metrics ranging from numbers of individuals served, to home care hours, food packages, and other services provided are collected and enable JDC to analyze its levels and models of service provision. Each region maintains systems and oversight of service provision. Ongoing monitoring of program data in this sector allows JDC to capture its meaningful information about its impact and report on levels of service. In addition, JDC periodically conducts relevant research within specific regions or communities to assess need and ensure its responsiveness. Building Jewish Life and Leaders Building Jewish communal life and leaders is a complex endeavor to measure. JDC accomplishes this in a variety of way and is seeking to increase its monitoring and evaluation in this space. JDC is increasingly conducting periodic evaluations on many of its community development interventions. Examples of these evaluations include annual assessment of campers in order to understand the impact of camping programs on their perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors; evaluation of volunteer programs and centers to identify what is working and what can be improved; conducting surveys and deeper analysis with alumnae of leadership programs to understand the long term impact of their participation. Empowering All Israelis JDC's model in Israel, referenced above, embeds evaluation in the very nature of the program interventions. In partnership with the government, JDC pilots research-backed social experiments in key locations, testing and optimizing our initiatives, and then handing them over to the government, which scales them up to run nationwide. This model means that JDC is continually assessing the efficacy of it broad range of programs throughout the social sector in Israel. Responding to Global Emergencies JDC has built its approaches to be flexible and responsive to local context for data collection and evaluation. In many cases, JDC works through its local partners to collect information on program accomplishments and conduct processes for learning and improvement. JDC also deploys independent evaluators experienced in international development to assess its response.

Beyond JDC's historic record of life-saving care and investments in building Jewish life and communities, JDC touches over 1 million lives across the world annually.

Through our service and direct care work, JDC aids elderly Jews and Jewish families in need in societies lacking a social safety net and successful economies. JDC continually refines our models or creates new tools to ensure service provision that is effective and efficient and aims to continue to serve the largest number of needy Jews. As an example, JDC is currently testing the use of volunteer cohorts to engage in the provision of basic goods and socialization programs for elderly Jews.

In our community development work, JDC has seen great success in contributing to strong vibrant Jewish communities. We continue to strengthen that work and engage with communities to identify what comes next and how they want to implement it. In communities that are in flux, whether due to history or current socioeconomic environmental realities, we work to address emergent needs, while at the same time supporting community infrastructure to grow and develop. For example, JDC is currently running a grassroots innovation hub in Budapest that is mentoring rising Jewish leaders and providing seed funds for new programs.

In Israel, we continue to innovate; turning successful programs over to the government for scale up and designing new solutions to emerging social issues. As innovation is part of the very nature of JDC's work in Israel, JDC's new Social Impact Accelerator harnesses the can-do spirit of Israel's best and brightest, to develop their own solutions.

In the last year, JDC has responded to dozens of disasters and development challenges, deploying a wide-range of aid and support; developing new local partnerships to ensure the most effective provision of aid; and staying active in the global professional community of disaster response and development provision. JDC is currently working on pilot efforts in the impact investment space to address poverty among small holder farmers in the developing world by combining philanthropic dollars, private capital, and Israeli and local AgTech.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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