A wag I know once told me that 47% of all statistics are wrong. I carry that definition with me whenever I read data. Monthly, almost without fail, UJC sends a Development Report to its owners breaking down Campaign achievement by City-size. A federation CEO sent me the tabulation of Campaign Statistics as at 3/31/2009 with some communities highlighted -- or, maybe it's lowlighted. The picture the data highlight is grim, but let me just cite to you the "highlighted" communal data:
For the Akron, North Shore and Delaware federations, the federations identified by my correspondent apparently because these are the home communities of the UJC Board Chair, the Chair of Global Operations: Israel and Overseas, and the Chair of the Center for Jewish Philanthropy -- there is no information on either their 2008 or 2009 Campaigns...none. This lack of data raises three significant questions: (1) did these federations pay UJC Dues when due in 2008 (or, for that matter, 2007) and, (2) if not, have their memberships been terminated; and (3) did these same federations make allocations to JAFI and JDC in 2008 and 2009 (or, for that matter, 2007)?
What does this say about UJC? Anything? What does this say about us?