Funders' File Fall 2018
Welcome to our online edition of Funders' File, a publication of special programs in our community which are in need of support.
Building a strong future for the Dallas community has always been a priority, and we extend our enthusiasm in bringing to you several worthy organizations and initiatives. Submissions to Funders' File are voluntarily provided by qualifying organizations, and offer a valuable resource to you, our generous fundholders. Click on an agency or title below and the description will automatically appear. Projects are listed in the order they are received, and we print them without any edits.
If you are a DJCF fundholder, and wish to support any of the below projects, please use your traditional method of grant recommending. If you are not currently a fundholder, please click here and enter the name of agency and the words Funders' File in the description. We invite you to make a difference in our community by supporting one of these worthy projects below.
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Did you know that 1 in 8 couples are impacted by infertility? Infertility is a life crisis that affects couples both financially as we all as emotionally. Do you want to help perpetuate Jewish life by bringing Jewish babies into our community? Priya, A Fund for Jewish Reproduction of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation is an innovative fund that assists local Jewish couples of all denominations struggling with infertility. Grants provide partial assistance for medical or adoption costs. The application process is done confidentially so the couple's pride and privacy is not compromised.
The average fees for fertility treatments, not covered by insurance, can range from $800 to more than $12,000 for one cycle. Adoption can cost as much as $40,000. Many insurance companies pay for contraception control and birth control, but few pay for fertility treatment. If you would like to be an advocate for reproductive choice regarding fertility, any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Since the Priya fund's inception, thanks to generous donors, the fund has made over $60,000 in grants to fourteen Jewish couples resulting in 10 babies by birth or adoption. Those involved with the Priya Fund feel that the creation of a Jewish soul is a mitzvah. Helping Jewish couples in need is also a mitzvah. To be able to combine the two gives a deep sense of purpose.
Amount Requested: any gift is appreciated
This library would be multi-discipline in nature and offer both physical books, group instruction, individual technology, and quiet spaces for both General Studies and Judaic Studies. Every student will have built in library time each week that will allow formal training of additional skills such as; research, typing, collaborative teamwork, and enhanced study skills. In addition to specific skills that will be taught to students, a library will also allow us to bring in outside resources to support and supplement our student's growth. Guest speakers and exhibits related to topics learned in the curriculum could be held in the library.
This project will impact over 350 students each year. All of these students are Jewish and active members of the greater Jewish community. Please consider the IMPACT that this $36,000 grant will have on the current and future students of TDSD. . .for generations this Library will bear the name of our partner that helped us get it started!
Amount Requested: $36,000
Over the past decade the AFJCC has embarked upon a systematic, layered security approach based on funds available. Our first step was the installation of security cameras. Next a grant from the Department of Homeland Security funded a partial perimeter fence. Finally security guards and off duty police officers were hired. A new guardhouse and entry was constructed emphasizing our need to vet anyone entering the campus. Thankfully the AFJCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Department of Homeland Security and generous donors have helped us reach this point.
Each day thousands enter and exit the AFJCC. With hundreds of programs and thousands of meetings, the AFJCC is busy from the moment we open until we close. We have a diverse population where all are welcome regardless of race, age, or religious denomination. We are the heart of the Jewish Community and reach more than 50,000 individuals from 13,000 households. We have over 200 preschool children here daily and during the summer 700 campers. Each day we also have hundreds of seniors with us. Annually the AFJCC hosts the community wide Israel Independence Day celebration, the Bagel Run; a large community run held on Mother's Day, and other events drawing large crowds. Securing all who enter our campus is above all else, and continues to be our highest priority.
The AFJCC remains focused on providing a safe campus for our community. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated to help the J defray the rising but necessary costs of security.
Amount Requested: annual budget - $280,000
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section, is committed to alleviating the extreme poverty that children, women and families who live in the West Dallas neighborhood face each day. As one of the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in the US, West Dallas has 6 elementary schools and in each 96-100% of students qualify for DISD's Free Lunch program. Many students cannot afford the required DISD uniform and have no money for school supplies. Other families can afford only one uniform and their children arrive at school in dirty clothes, creating difficult situations for themselves and others. During the past year, NCJW Dallas partnered with the 6 West Dallas elementary schools to provide uniforms (587), backpacks (500), binders (500), underwear and socks for children in grades K through 2. We also organized a reading club in which Hockaday 5th graders participate in activities with 2nd and 3rd grade students. In our 2nd year, we have expanded support to:
Help children in pre-K through 3rd grades (added 3 grade levels)
Open a clothes closet with new/gently used children's clothing at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center
Initiate a tutoring program in which NCJW volunteers work one-on-one with students to improve their reading skills
We request a grant of $7500 to help provide supplies and clothing for these families. Total FY 2018-2019 project budget: $68,000. Thank you for your consideration of this request.
Amount Requested: $7,500
Hillels of North Texas promotes a vibrant environment to celebrate Israel on campus and promotes student support for, and engagement with, Israel. We encourage and nurture diverse ways for students to shape their perspective and raise awareness regarding Israel. To proactively plan Israel events and create strategies to handle anti-Israel incidences on campus for the year, Hillels of North Texas is participating in the first of its kind Texas-Wide Israel Shabbaton hosted at Greene Family Camp. Five student leaders from each campus, UNT and UTDallas, will be chosen to attend -- at no cost to the student -- with other student leaders and Hillel staff from around Texas. Students will experience the fullness of a beautiful Shabbat together, share personal narratives, study Jewish texts together, build relationships, and talk best practices around: Israel programming, coalition building, handling disruptions/BDS, and relationships with university administration. Students will also get the unique opportunity to know the Israel Fellows working on Houston and Austin campuses. The cost per participant and each staff member is $150 for lodging and meals. Additional costs include mileage to/from the camp and educational materials. Hilleln invites you to sponsor a student or the entire weekend for Hillels of North Texas. A strong Hillel develops Jewish leadership for the Jewish community locally, regionally and nationally. Together we can shape future Jewish leaders who embrace Israel and the Jewish people.
Amount Requested: $2,355
JCRS provides case management and needs-based financial subsidies for Jewish youth (exclusively) for the care, treatment, education, and therapeutic services for dependent children and children facing developmental, psychological or physical challenges.
In Dallas, JCRS is currently providing financial assistance or case management for 20+ children with special needs. JCRS provides a maximum subsidy of $19,000 per child annually. The typical JCRS special needs client-families are receiving assistance with tuition subsidies to attend a special needs school or are receiving subsidies to help with the prohibitive costs of dyslexia remediation, occupational therapy, academic tutoring and/or behavioral therapy. As of today, our 2018-19 Special Needs Program budget is operating over-budget due to the tremendous need within the Dallas Jewish community.
JCRS explores and addresses each child and family situation individually with sensitivity, confidentiality, and respect. JCRS services are unique and comprehensive, offering support to children that do not fall into the criteria for care or budget of the Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas. In many instances, our assistance is short in duration while certain challenges require a many, many years of assistance and financial support.
A grant of $18,000 would allow for additional funding to vulnerable Jewish special needs children in Dallas. Every dollar allocated for this program is based on the totality of the child's needs and the opportunities for successful outcomes.
For more information about our programs and services, visit www.jcrs.org or call (800)729-5277.
Amount Requested: $18,000
The Legacy at Home (LAH) is a not-for-profit home health care agency offering Medicare-certified home health care and quality personal assistance services. There is a growing number of seniors in our Jewish community living alone without family support; an increasing number are going home from inpatient facility stays without proper help. If a senior does not have the financial means to hire a private paid caregiver due to these services not being covered by Medicare, they are often alone and isolated or putting themselves at risk for re-hospitalization and/or injury. Each month LAH has applicants to the Transitional Care Program (TCP) from seniors that need financial assistance for personal assistance services. Referrals come to LAH from social workers, hospitals, rehabs, skilled nursing facilities and other community organizations including JFS and the Jewish Federation. To support these seniors, we offer personal assistance on a sliding scale fee, but the majority of our clients cannot afford to pay anything for their care. We provide assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, meal preparation, eating, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and companionship. Acceptance into the TCP includes a home visit conducted by a social worker and provides up to 12 hours of personal assistance services per week for up to 12 weeks. The TCP improves quality of life, keeps seniors safe, and allows them to be socially connected. While the program was designed to directly impact the scholarship recipient, it also provides much needed respite care for family and friends stepping in to act as primary caregiver.
Amount Requested: $2,100 provides full program services for one scholarship recipient
Texas Jewish Arts Association (TJAA) promotes Jewish arts and artists in Texas, and encourages dialogue and knowledge about the arts and Jewish identity. Our goals include fostering artistic growth and camaraderie through information, resources, educational gatherings, exhibits and performances for and by the Texas Jewish community. We are passionate about strengthening the Jewish creative culture in Texas and making it accessible to the greater community.
TJAA proposes a performance event-in-the-round which combines live music and art, in which artists improvise and create artwork while listening to chamber music. If the venue is large enough, the musicians would be in the center of the room, with artists set up in a circle around them. The audience may walk around freely and view the music-and-art creation process. The number of musicians and artists participating in this performance will be determined by funds available. Each musician and artist should be paid a $200 stipend for the event. TJAA envisions up to 7 musicians and 11 artists, for an expenditure of $3,600. We hope to find a venue willing to donate the space, but if not, up to $1,000 may be required for venue rental. Additional funds of up to $250 would be required to provide a reception for the event with hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and $150 for printed material for posters and programs.
This event would be open to the public, and would be an educational, interactive art experience.
Amount Requested: $5,000
In our five year strategic plan, Adat Chaverim recognized the need to increase family and inter generational participation to enhance our congregation's level of spirituality and shared sense of community. One program designed specifically to address this need has been our Congregational Shabbaton Weekend, held at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX. Over the course of the weekend, we are able to share our meals, celebrate Shabbat through prayer and study, play, relax, enjoy nature, and generally connect with each other at a deeper level than we are able to during other, shorter programs.
We have offered the Shabbaton Weekend for the last two years and will offer it again this year. The program is already subsidized through the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and all participants enjoy a lower subsidized cost. However, some families find even the subsidized level to be too high when bringing multiple children in addition to parents, or being a single parent household. Any contribution will go directly to family subsidies to make it more affordable to bring multiple children, helping to make our Shabbaton Weekend larger, more inclusive, and more successful.
Amount Requested: any gift is appreciated
One in six children have a developmental disability ranging from mild, like speech impairments, to serious like Autism Spectrum Disorder (CDC, 2017). In the Jewish Day Schools, there is an increased demand for special education resources in order to retain students in the Jewish schools. Area school districts are also overwhelmed by the need for diagnostic assessments. Seventy-one percent of Texas children under the age of six have not had a single developmental screening (Casey Foundation, 2013).
We have experienced increased referrals from psychiatrists, schools and hospitals after programs, including Children's Medical Center, stopped accepting Medicaid for testing services for children over age three. We now receive, on average, three referrals per day. In the past two years, JFS has tripled the number of clients tested. Demand continuously exceeds our capacity and we currently have a waitlist.
Texans rank highest in the nation for those without health insurance and private insurance often fails to cover most if not all of the cost associated with diagnostic testing and other related assessments. Diagnostic testing for developmental disabilities is cost-prohibitive for most families, with comprehensive tests ranging for $1,500 to $6,000. As the gap widens between need and availability of diagnostic testing services in our community, children with disabilities and their families have few places to turn to for help. For a low-income family, JFS, and our sliding fee or free services, is one of the only options for testing and comprehensive assessment services. Funding will support program staff salaries and testing materials.
Amount Requested: $100,000
The Dallas Holocaust Museum is proud to present the U. S. premiere of the newly-created special exhibition, "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank."
This exhibit tells the story of Anne Frank in a modern way, addressing current day issues of identity, exclusion, and discrimination. The Dallas Holocaust Museum presents this exhibition to draw particular attention to the role of prejudice and bias during Anne Frank's lifetime and today. Anne's experiences connect deeply with today's youth as they grow and learn that all actions and words matter.
The debut illuminates the world in which Anne was born that saw the rise of Hitler, the persecution and murder of six million Jews, the Second World War, and Human Rights issues that persist today.
In her diary entry on April 11, 1944, Anne Frank wrote, "Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I'm a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage." These words continue to resonate.
This exhibition will also feature the United States premier of a Virtual Reality (VR) component that allows the visitor to travel back in time to Anne Frank's hiding place, the "Secret Annex." Using cutting edge interactive technology, the Anne Frank House commissioned this VR component with Force Field VR and Oculus Studios. In a one-of-a-kind experience, visitors will be drawn into the world in which Anne Frank lived -- in the shadows of genocide and war.
Amount Requested: $10,000