Annual Meeting 2018
Excitement, cheering and gasps. These sounds are not the norm at a typical Jewish nonprofit’s annual meeting. But then again, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation (DJCF) and the Southwest Community Foundation (SWCF) are quite different from your ordinary Jewish nonprofit. The first and most significant distinction is the DJCF/SWCF do not fundraise, nor solicit. In contrast to many, the Foundation concentrates on managing other nonprofits’ funds so they can concentrate on the important services they provide. Additionally, the Foundation administers numerous scholarships, endowments and donor-advised funds on behalf of fundholders.
To commence the evening, outgoing Chairman Rusty Cooper handed the gavel on to incoming Chairman Andy Dropkin and within minutes the board of trustees were elected and welcomed. Then, the night got underway with some big surprises.
To better show the community what the Foundation does the DJCF/SWCF debuted a new program called Unsung Heroes. The Foundation recognized that nonprofits cannot survive without financial resources, but equally important is the dedication from staff – especially those behind the scenes that don’t usually get the spotlight. For this surprise project, each agency that maintains its funds with DJCF or SWCF had the opportunity to recognize one of their own staff members that is not generally seen, bu…
The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation and its affiliates provide college scholarships to eligible students from Dallas, Denton & Collin counties as well as a variety of specialty scholarships. High school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students of any and all faiths are encouraged to apply. Close to 50 college scholarships are awarded each year based on financial need, academic merit, involvement in extracurricular activities and/or community service. Scholarships range from $500.00 to $7,500.00 and most allow study at the college or university of the recipient's choice. In addition to general scholarships, there are specific scholarships for those studying the following fields; medicine, law, education, fashion merchandising, and Jewish studies. There are also scholarships for students at the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Southern Methodist University. One universal scholarship application is needed for the myriad of scholarships since questions are designed to allow each applicant to be considered for every scholarship for which he/she may be eligible.
Our scholarships come from individuals or organizations who have established endowment funds (funds that continue forever) at the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation because they care deeply about helping students attend college.
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First Responders Appreciation
The DJCF is gearing up for the next delivery to our local First Responders. The DJCF became inspired to help make a difference through the creation of a fund, the First Responders Appreciation Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. This fund was established to thank our First Responders for being away from their families to protect and care for us. We rallied together as a community after the tragic shooting of five noble police officers. This fund supports the delivery of treats and sweets to first responders on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let us keep that united spirit alive and continue to show our support. So while we are home with our families to celebrate the holiday, and holiday, we would like to thank our first responders for being on duty protecting us each and every day. As Jews, we are guided by the Torah’s various instructions to not stand by silently, as well as our obligation and responsibility towards seeking justice. If you would like to volunteer for the next holiday appreciation delivery please contact the foundation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-615-9351. Contributions can be made to the First Responders Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation.
Independent Audit Report
to see our independent audit report for 2017.
Guided by our faith and traditions, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation seeks to improve our community and the world by empowering the philanthropic vision and passions of our fundholders and community partners.