Curiously, The Alliance was the outgrowth of a Commission formed back in the early days of then United Jewish Communities, and chaired by the then Chair of the New York UJA-Federation, Louise Greilsheimer, who shortly after the "Greilsheimer Commission" threw up its hands in despair at ever reaching consensus, led the formation of The Alliance. Shortly thereafter Louise walked away into a professional career at New York's UJA where one of her "responsibilities" apparently was to threaten The Alliance with drastic cuts from New York-UJA (which was then providing [and continued to provide] a disproportionate share of ther "voluntary" allocation to The Alliance).
And, then, in the midst of the last fiscal year, JFNA, not a qualifying Agency and exempt from The Alliance's elaborate reporting requirements, demanded and received a $500,000 (I might be off by a bit) "grant" ("stolen" from the under-allocations to the qualifying Agencies) to "quick start" JFNA's "Education Unit." That's internal FRD under Silverman. And, now:
"From: Kline, Stephan
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 11:26 AM
Subject: Alliance Funding Announcement
The National Federation/Agency Alliance (Alliance) is a coalition of 30 federations that provide core (undesignated) financial support to the national agencies listed below. Many of these national agencies have been long-time historic partners of the Jewish Federations and engage in extremely important work on behalf of the federation system and the national Jewish community.
For a number of years, UJA-Federation of New York has been the largest sustaining member of the Alliance and currently allocates almost $1.6 million or 38% of the overall funding pool. Yesterday, UJA-Federation informed us that it will discontinue its support to the Alliance, effective June 30, 2017, given the long-standing challenges in broadening financial support across the Federation system for the Alliance funding process.
We recognize that New York’s departure from the Alliance will have significant implications for the Alliance process. Over the next few months the Alliance will be working with you to explore next steps.
Stephan Kline, Coordinator, National Federation/Agency Alliance"Marcie Orley, Chair, National Federation/Agency AllianceShabbat shalom -- really!!?? That's the best JFNA's Alliance lay and professional leaders can do? Do you think that they even recognize that this is the end game for the collective responsibility that was supposed to be embodied in The Alliance?
Here's the historic reality -- New York had made its intention known for years. And, for years, JFNA has pled with New York "please, please don't." Yes, friends, once again and as always, JFNA's leaders were sound asleep assured that certainly New York UJA would do nothing. Instead of "broadening financial support" for the National agencies, instead of expanding the number of federations participating in The Alliance, JFNA qua JFNA did what it always does -- nothing; apparently believing that New York just "would never do it." (This while The Alliance leaders for reasons unclear expanded the number of agency participants include Jewish World Service and BBYO, neither a federation agency, while, as noted above, granting significant dollars to JFNA itself [an amount that will increase in 2016-2017 and subsequent years to $900,000].) It is JFNA in microcosm.
The level of disgust just keeps rising. And, ain't nobody doin' nothin' about it. Shame on all of us.