"Re:Ukraine - isn't this what the core funding is for? Isn't this why it is important to have ongoing Annual Campaigns - so that we DON'T need an "emergency campaign" every time there is a crisis? Maybe - just maybe - we could have some consistency of message here. Maybe our system should have said we do NOT need an emergency campaign because your dollars given with love and devotion each year ensure that things like this are taken care of.And I appreciate the suggestion, the admonition and the sarcasm. Of course, this Commentator would be correct were we living in 1984 when core allocations for Overseas needs were over 50% of the aggregate annual campaigns, or even a decade later when those allocations had fallen to 40%. But, today? Come on. Aggregate core allocations today are at levels those who created the national system would not have believed -- they have fallen below 15%. At most federations, the core allocation has become an after-thought, an example of "send 'em what's left over." In too many instances, the overseas allocation to meet core needs is less than the individual federation's JFNA Dues. It certainly is not 1984 any more.
But, yes, let's always assume the worst, because what fun is there in defending our mission."
The circumstances in the Ukraine today can't be dismissed with a shrug and a "...things like this are (or should be) taken care of" through our annual communal allocations -- and that's because the Anonymous writer and you and I have stood back in silence and watched as those allocations have dropped precipitously to the point where additional funding in times of crisis are required. Or, maybe I'm wrong. This is certainly a topic worthy of continental debate. But, let me ask my Anonymous friend: "of what federation are you a member? What is its allocation to the core of JA, JDC and World ORT?" I would love to hear more from you.