- The Global Planning Table -- two so-called "Signature Initiatives" the commencement of which is dependent upon JFNA gaining commitments from 10 federations for an aggregate $30,000,000 -- $15,000,000 for each "Initiative" over three years -- a condition precedent as it were. The funds are not going to be there, are they? And, if they are, where will they come from -- the core allocations??
- The Ukraine Emergency Fund -- to assist our partners on the ground in the Ukraine, JFNA sent out a letter, created an Allocations Committee and just waited for the finds to roll on in. The funds are not rolling on in. This Allocations Committee has done its job; it's just that JFNA hasn't done anything beyond declaring a crisis, an "emergency." If you look at the JFNA website, there is not a mention of the Ukraine; as the crisis deepens, JFNA has turned its attention elsewhere. So it is that Rabbi Yaacov Dov Bleich, the Chief Rabbi of Kiyuv and the Ukraine, is personally and heroically relocating refugees from East Ukraine and Crimea to temporary camps and the aliyah numbers are increasing exponentially day-by-day while we look on in apparent wonder. http://www.timesofisrael.com/frightened-ukrainian-jews-seek-haven-in-makeshift-refugee-camp/ And speaking of "wonder," is it any that JDC and the other overseas partners are doing the necessary, sacred work and FRD while JFNA is doing neither?
- The Israel Emergency Fund -- then there is this, this thing. With Israel in the midst of a Terrorists' War without apparent end, you will recall that JFNA first set a short-term "target" (never a "goal") of $10,000,000 then increased that to $30,000,000, and just how much has been actually raised to date? The best information I have gleaned is that the total is far short of $30,000,000 -- far, far short. Five continental Solidarity Missions operated by JFNA (with no fund raising component), numerous individual federation-led Missions (one from my community will depart today with over 15 leaders on which there will be strong fund raising as always), and no Emergency Campaign -- because some federations don't need them and others don't want them. (One Large City has raised less than $50,000 while Birmingham has raised $500,000.) And what has JFNA done in this environment -- set a "target," set up an Allocations Committee that is doing fine work -- and, then...nothing. Federations have begun to allocate directly...and no one senses a problem?
As we have noted before, there appears to be no National Campaign Chair any more -- just as there is no National Campaign. There is nothing but failure all around us. These failures should be intolerable -- but CEO Raising-Money-Ain't-My-Job, appears on CNN and gets a contract extension.
So, friends, if you look up the definition of "failure" in the dictionary, you will find a picture of the JFNA logo.
What a great brand. Yep, like that Seinfeld show...about nothing.