JEWISH FEDERATION OF DELAWARE INC

We Grow Stronger TOGETHER

Wilmington, DE   |  http://www.ShalomDelaware.org

Mission

The Mission of the Jewish Federation of Delaware is to mobilize the Jewish community to address issues, meet needs and build an agenda for the future.

Federation protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

Federation builds and strengthens Jewish community; Whether the task is reducing Jewish poverty and hunger, rescuing and resettling new immigrants, or spurring Jewish renaissance worldwide, Federation is committed to seizing this moment in Jewish history to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people.

Ruling year info

1945

President & Chief Executive Officer

Seth J Katzen

Main address

101 Garden of Eden Road

Wilmington, DE 19803 USA

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EIN

51-0064315

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Jewish Federation of Delaware supports programs that feed, clothe, shelter, counsel and rescue thousands of people in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, in Israel and around the world. We provide opportunities that educate, inspire and celebrate Jewish life.

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?

Annual Campaign

The Federation fulfills its mission by raising funds which will meet mutually agreed upon goals; allocating and managing community resources based upon the community agenda; developing leadership; fostering identification with our Jewish teachings and heritage to inspire an informed and involved community; and providing a structure for the Jewish community to interact with the non-Jewish community. Beneficiary Agencies: Albert Einstein Academy, Siegel Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services of Delaware, The Kristol Center for Jewish Life (Hillel), and The Kutz Home

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Award of Distinction 2021

The Communicator Award

Platinum and Gold Award 2020

Hermes Creative Awards

Communication Awards 2021

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Brandywine Chapter

4-Star Rating 2021

Charity Navigator

Platinum Seal of Transparency 2021

GuideStar

Top-Rated Award 2021

GreatNonprofits

Communication Awards 2021

Delaware Press Association (DPA)

Gold Award 2021

MarCom Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2018

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2019

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2020

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2021

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2022

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) 2022

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) 2021

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) 2020

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) 2019

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) 2018

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 accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Awards include; APEX Award, AFP Communication Awards, Communicator Awards, Davey Awards, Hermes Creative Awards, MarCom Awards, Muse Creative Awards, & Delaware Press Association

Number of industry standards/practices developed by nonprofit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Receive the highest level of recognition from the top three industry evaluators for trust and transparency. (GuideStar Platinum Seal, Charity Navigator 4-Star, and GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award).

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We consistently achieve 100% board participation annually who each make a meaningful contribution

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Annual Campaign

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2018 Donor-for-Donor Retention Rate = 86.2%* 2019 Donor-for-Donor Retention Rate = 88.8%* 2020 Donor-for-Donor retention Rate = 86.7%* *compares the same donor giving in successive years

Number of testimonies offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of July 2021, we have received a total of 145 community testimonials and reviews. You can view each testimonial at: http://greatnonprofits.org/org/jewish-federation-of-delaware-inc

Annual Campaign dollars raised

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Annual Campaign

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2021 Annual Campaign achieved the highest level in our 87+ year history surpassing our goal. This is the fifth consecutive year of successive campaign growth. We Grow Stronger TOGETHER!

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.

Everyday - in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, in Israel and worldwide - our community's commitment to the Jewish values of tikkun olam (a repairing of the world), torah (facilitate Jewish learning) and chesed (supporting acts of loving kindness) is transformed through the mission of the Jewish Federation of Delaware. We unify and connect the Jewish community by effectively raising and leveraging philanthropic resources, planning, collaborating with organizations, providing essential services and activities, and developing leaders for our future.

Federation funds and supports a broad network of organizations that focus on two critical areas:
1. Feed, clothe, comfort and rescue people in need
2. Inspire, educate and connect people to their Jewish identity

Federation is about the commitment of an entire community to repair the world, care for the vulnerable, ensure a Jewish future and enhance and strengthen Jewish life. It is about building a vital and vibrant community that inspires generations to come. Whether the task is educating our youth, reducing poverty and hunger, rescuing and resettling new immigrants, or spurring Jewish renaissance worldwide, the Federation is the one place that belongs to every Jew; the place where philanthropy, volunteerism and a shared commitment come together to make a difference. We Grow Stronger TOGETHER.

Locally, we allocate funds to five beneficiary agencies; Albert Einstein Academy, Jewish Family Services of Delaware, Kutz Senior Living Campus, Siegel JCC, and the Kristol Center for Jewish Life at the University of Delaware (Hillel). We also support a number of affiliated agencies and organizations; BBYO chapters in Wilmington, Newark and West Chester, Jewish Historical Society of Delaware, Chabad at the University of Delaware, Jewish Teen Education and Engagement, Jewish Burial Fund, and Southern Delaware initiatives in Dover and Rehoboth Beach.

Through our national and international partners; the Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Agency for Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and World ORT, we are able to have a global impact. Federation also supports a number of other projects including Birthright Israel, Ethiopian National Project, and our Partnership2Gether sister city of Arad.

For more than 87 years, the Jewish Federation of Delaware has served as our community convener. Thanks to our local agencies and our national and international partners, the unrestricted Annual Campaign is able to provide critical social services and programs in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, in Israel and around the world.

Federation Departments & Programs include; Annual Campaign, Facilities Management Board (FMB), Federation Shabbat, Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Committee (HEC), Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), Jewish Fund for the Future/Create A Jewish Legacy, Jewish VOICE publication, One Happy Camper, PJ Library, Shalom Baby, Women's Philanthropy and Young Leadership/CONNECT.

Federation's professional staff includes a President & Chief Executive Officer, Controller SVP/FRD, Planned Giving Associate Director, Editor, Events & Marketing Coordinator, Bookkeeper, and Office Manager. We also employ a Community Shaliach/Young Emissary from Israel who builds a living bridge with our community and connection to Israel.

Federation's lay leadership includes a volunteer network that ensures Federation's mission and vision. Officers include Board Chair, three Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, and Assistant Secretary. Federation Board of Directors and Leadership Council assist in governance, guidance and counsel. Committees include Allocations, Annual Campaign, Audit, Facilities Management Board, Finance, Human Resources, Israel & Overseas, Community Relations, Jewish Education, Nominating, Women's Philanthropy and Young Leadership/CONNECT.

Federation has been able to grow our Annual Campaign to $2 million and managed assets have grown to $35 million. Dollars raised through Federation allow us to meet the needs of our local and overseas communities. Although we were successful in allocating the same level of commitment to our beneficiary agencies and partners, we were unable to meet the requests for additional support.

Our Federation is a product of understanding the fundamental principle that "each Jew is responsible one for the other." In the challenges that inevitably lie ahead, this will be our guiding vision that will enable our Federation to save, enhance, educate, assist and ultimately touch more Jewish lives.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We feed, clothe, comfort, and rescue people in need. We also inspire, educate, and connect people to their Jewish identity in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, in Israel and around the world.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    2022 Delaware Jewish Community Study,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Jewish Federation of Delaware has commissioned Brandeis University to conduct our 2022 Delaware Jewish Community Study - a comprehensive research effort to better understand our community throughout Delaware and the Brandywine Valley. This is more than a Demographic Study and will allow us to better understand and validate community priorities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • 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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JEWISH FEDERATION OF DELAWARE INC

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Russ Silberglied

Jesse Miller

Robin Saran

Past-President

Mitchell Steinberg

Vice-Chair

Connie Sugarman

Past-President

William Wagner

Past-President

Suzanne Grant

Past-President

Richard Levine

Past-President

Russell Silberglied

Board Chair

Herb Konowitz

Josh Schoenberg

Alan Horowitz

Marty Lessner

Hedy Mintz

Arlene Johnson

Jerome Nachlis

Michelle Silberglied

Caryl Stape

Gael Szymanski

Diana Caine

Jennifer Goldstein

Zach Platsis

Sara Rosen

Yoav Tal

Ned Weinberger

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/29/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2022

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Policies and processes
  • 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.