This seminal question arose once again as I reviewed the JFNA "Mid-Year Progress Report." If nothing else, JFNA should be commended for the candor one associates with the reality of unrealized promises. Time and time and time again, the message is, as it always seems to have been, "we're almost there; give us just a little more time." And the answer should be: "No more. Your time is up."
Just a few
~ JFNA had planned "...to ensure monthly contact with each of our federations." The organization has done nothing other than to announce a reconsideration of its approach based upon "[T]he development and implementation of a team of FRD Consultants assigned to each federation." Unfortunately, FRD has but two "consultants," both part-time, both excellent, assigned to federations and those are assigned as, apparently, part-time Consultant Vicki Agron determines in her unilateral discretion.
~ "Reinstitute JFNA Planning resource..." The "reinstitution" was in limbo until a recent Associate VP Research and Planning hire. G-d knows what she will do alone. That vacancy in the JFNA "Planning resource," by the way -- had been vacant since Bob Hyfler left the organization over a decade ago. Maybe Silverman, et al., hadn't noticed. Compare and contrast the brilliant and deep CJF Planning and Research staffing with the current void.
~ The effort to "[B]uild a systemwide TECH (training, education, coaching and help*) Team...of top campaign leadership trainers and speakers" was to reach 15 Federations and 50 visits. The "Team" was formed but "fewer than expected speaking/training requests" have come in -- 10 communities have been visited. You'd think the message to JFNA would have led to an intense introspection with the seminal question being: WHY? But the circus moves on.
~ Special Campaign results are confused, at best: the Holocaust Fund has done quite well; but, then, IRep, the "Israeli civil society" effort has had a $2 million goal for over 2 (maybe 4?) years, as I recall, and has raised less than $1 million; and, then, there's a surprise -- an $18 million "campaign for ENP" which has a Chair (who, one might ask) and a draft Plan with a "commitment" of $600,000 to date. Was the inclusion of this "Campaign" in the mid-year Summary intended to raise some mid-year questions like: WHAT? Where did this come from? Who decided that this would become an obligation of JFNA? Where was it approved? Is this any way to run a business?
~ The GA continues to disintegrate (while the Board Chair thinks/thought all is going great) -- lay leadership registration/"participation" was down 10% in 2016. Does anyone think this is a problem?
Friends, there is so much more but OMG!! This Report is a cry for help; and no one seems to care.