"Now that you are looking at this you'll have to give credit where credit is due (and no this is not the CEO!) to date over $8.5 million has been raised. It could reach $10 million early next week. Most of these dollars were raised by the leadership of Jerry Silverman. NY, Chicago as well as LA and other cities have already raised significant dollars and there has been incredible in kind support."And, I think all would agree that we have all given "credit where credit is due."
But, then, weeks later, Richard Sandler -- you remember Richard Sandler, JFNA's Board Chair -- sent his own message to the troops asking for further funding (you know, FRD at JFNA consists of mailboxes and letters):
"We cannot allocate funds that we don’t know we have. The volume of activity we are dealing with has overwhelmed our ability to track results community by community. We urge you to update our finance office on your total available funding, and to forward the cash as soon as possible. We have already committed $2.2M in unrestricted relief funding, and an additional $2M in restricted funding is also already committed. But there is much more to do. We can do more and more quickly if we know what we will have to work with." (emphasis added)So, what the hell is going on? Is it $8.5 million -- $10 million or is it only $2.2 + $2 million? JFNA is an organization that continuously misrepresents numbers -- stuff like this just destroys trust, destroys credibility (if any remains at all). The coonstant need to just -- let's call it for what it is -- lie is the only constant at JFNA. (That is if you don't count the constancy of failure.)
It's one thing to lie about attendance at every event; it's quite another to misrepresent the dollars available for life-saving and life-affirming work.
And, yet, there is no accountability, never any accountability; no demand for the facts. Federation leaders are silent; JFNA Board members are silent. Silence is everywhere. Where there should be embarrassment, there is silence; where there should be demands for immediate action, there is silence; where there should be humiliation, there is silence; and where there should be leadership, there is silence.
Maybe it would behoove Sandler, who is committed to the truth when not asserting the organization's demand for "confidentiality" in all things, to ask the questions that he should have been asking for the past two years and earlier.
If he asks them, he won't like the answers.