Funders' File Summer 2019 Edition

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 our priority, and we are pleased to continue bringing to your attention several interesting initiatives. Submissions to Funders' File are voluntarily provided by qualifying organizations, and offer a valuable resource to you.

If you are a DJCF fundholder, and wish to support any of the below projects, please use your traditional method of grant recommending. We invite you to make a difference in our community by supporting one of these worthy projects below.

If you have any questions, please contact Chay John at

In January 2019, the MDHA's homeless count reported the number of homeless veterans increased by 100, an 11.3% increase, since the 2018 count.

More than 260,000 North Texas children are food insecure, with 1 in every 5 kids living in poverty, according to a study released by Children's Health and UT Dallas.

To eradicate these alarming statistics, we need nonprofits to focus on their mission – not the electric bill. Year after year, nonprofits dedicate hundreds of hours to meet their budget needs. Legacy and endowment programs have the power to shift the focus from fundraising to tackling the issues facing our community. To do this, nonprofits need to know how to build legacy and endowment programs and then how to share those plans with stakeholders at every level.

The DJCF/SWCF will host expert panels and workshop sessions on legacy giving and endowments, as well as provide step-by-step resources to guide them through the creation process. This curriculum will supply nonprofits with the knowledge and tools to develop their organization's legacy and endowment programs. The Foundation will lead participants through the following topics: legacy giving, charitable giving vehicles and options, and endowment frameworks. Nonprofits will leave empowered to start their own legacy programs and begin holding deliberate conversations with longtime supporters.

Through this vital curriculum, North Texas will see an increase in sustainable nonprofits generated by robust legacy and endowment giving. Your gift will provide session supplies, curriculum materials, and one-on-one agency planning sessions.

Amount Requested: $3,000

Intown Chabad impacts 1000+ young Jews every year and we'd like to bring a Jewish connection to where young Jews are most interested.

One of the key areas is business development and connections. We are attempting to launch a mentoring program which would pair young Jews and established people in our community for the purpose of creating deeper connections with our community through mentorship.

The funds would go towards the first 4-5 events which would help us build brand awareness and gauge interest in a more sustained investment on our part.

Amount Requested: $7,500

CHANCE! Providing Extracurricular Activities for Foster Children

Involvement in extracurricular activities can be a transformative experience for kids in foster care, and gives youth the chance to meet new friends, coaches and mentors. Research shows that involvement in extracurricular activities can also help improve a student's attendance, behavior and course completion at school. CHANCE! Program helps to pay for these essential childhood experiences for kids in foster care. It includes paying for music class, soccer and other confidence activities, as well as summer camp an experiences that children in foster care are often deprive of. Our charity supports 50 children each summer and provide them with a free two weeks of summer camp. Please help us support 10 additional foster children (each receives 2 weeks of summer camp for $575.00) this summer. To learn more about how we make a difference please visit

Amount Requested: $5,750

The Chevra is Dallas' orthodox burial society, but cares for Jews regardless of affiliation, and serves funeral homes across North Texas. Unfortunately, increasingly in recent years, economics have dictated the choice of cremation over burial. Abraham's caring for Sarah established a fundamental Jewish principle: that burial preserves the dignity of the deceased. The Chevra is establishing a fund to be able to assist families in an emotionally and financially challenging time. The Chevra plans to supplement what a family would pay for a cremation, and pay the difference between cremation and burial. Additionally, the Chevra's burial fund would be able to front funeral costs until an insurance reimbursement is received. The Chevra's goal is to eliminate the economic barrier to burial, so that all Jews can emulate our forefather Abraham's example.

Amount Requested: $36,000

Guide Dogs for the Blind in the largest provider of guide dogs in North America and the largest provider in Texas – partnering over 300 individuals who are blind or visually impaired with the highest skilled service dogs in the industry. Did you know that Texas has the second largest number of individuals who are blind or visually impaired in the country? Texas also has two of the fastest growing metroplexes in the country, Houston and Dallas. Currently there are over 150,000 visually impaired in Dallas. This number is expected to double over the next 10 years. For this reason, Guide Dogs for the Blind is investing in Texas. We receive no governmental funding and all of our services are provided free of charge – ensuring financial limitations are not an impediment to mobility. We could use your help. For a gift of $500 you can supply the actual harness that connects the individual to their four pawed partner. This piece of equipment is the critical link that provides the priceless gift of freedom, companionship, safety, self-esteem and self-confidence. For more information contact Keith Rosenthal /

"I received my guide dog Hubble and like the telescope Hubble is going to take me beyond the darkness to explore new universes." - Mary Beth
Hubble is a 2 year old yellow Labrador raised by a student in the Byron Nelson Puppy Raising Club-Trophy Club, TX. Each year over 120 puppies are raised for GDB by volunteer Texas families.

Amount Requested: $500

Since its inception in 2007, the Jewish Family Services' Community Chaplaincy Program and Rabbi Wolk have made a significant, positive impact to our Jewish community, especially those who are not affiliated. Our Chaplaincy Program lead by Rabbi Wolk, often serves as the first point of contact for many in our community during important life events, whether offering comfort to families at hospital or hospice visitations, guidance and education on Jewish tradition and practice, or being there for our communities' aging parents or other loved ones in their last days. The demand for services has grown tremendously. JFS' Chaplaincy program served 664 older adults last year, an increase of 38% since 2015. In addition to the mentioned services, Rabbi Wolk provides weekly classes in 19 locations and works with those one-on-one with anyone in need beyond the older adult community. As Dallas' only Community Chaplain for the Jewish community, Rabbi Wolk spends countless hours serving others. Rabbi Wolk and Jewish Family Service are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of services to anyone who is in need, at risk, or in crisis. We need your support now, more than ever, to meet the current and ever-increasing needs of our aging "baby boomer" community, additional senior communities and increased demand for programming and visitation. Please partner with us in this critical work with older adults and those in times of illness or others in distress.

Amount Requested: $50,000

Congregation Beth Torah's Learning Support will be available to provide recommendations and interventions for students with learning differences. They will assist students in fulfilling their academic success of the School's curriculum. The sole purpose of CBT's Learning Support is to ensure that each individual student's learning needs are addressed to help meet the challenges of Hebrew and Judaic studies with a sense of confidence and competence. When necessary, the Learning Support will need to investigate a student's academic challenges through a more detailed process. They will conduct student observations, assessments, coordinate with parents and teachers. Students with diagnosed learning differences may qualify for accommodations in their academic program. The Learning Support will assist parents, as needed, with a student's accommodation plan (IEP). The Learning Support will partner with the classroom teachers to provide support and interventions to the students. The Learning Support will serve as a resource for social and emotional concerns and can provide parent education and staff training as appropriate. Our goal is to provide them with tools and techniques, in order for them to have success - behaviorally, socially and academically.

Amount Requested: $13,000

Be the Difference Foundation was formed in 2012 by four ovarian cancer survivors to provide support to those battling the disease and to fund research for a cure. Our mission is to create awareness and improve the lives of all people affected by ovarian cancer through education, support and research.

This is done through increased awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, thereby increasing early detection and survival rates. We envision a world without ovarian cancer. The foundation's initiatives include funding clinical trials, support services, education and research.

Be The Difference Foundation is implementing "Caring for Her Makes a Difference", a program that will enhance the lives of patients and caregivers by distributing support resources to more than 1,500 ovarian cancer patients and caregivers. We are requesting $5085 to cover the expense of the binders, printing and supplies. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women and the most lethal gynecological cancer. 85% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are in late stages. More than 70% of late stage ovarian cancer patients will die from the disease.

Ovarian cancer accounts for 2.5% of all malignancies among females but 5% of female cancer deaths because of low survival rates, largely driven by late stage diagnoses. Because ovarian cancer is not as well recognized as many other cancers, there are few organizations that offer the support and resources provided by Be the Difference Foundation to both the patient and the caregiver.

Amount Requested: $5,085

Since its inception as an orphanage in New Orleans in 1855, JCRS has cared for Jewish children and families at all levels of crisis and well-being. Today, JCRS is as vital and impactful than ever. In 2018, over 1700 children and families were served – another new service record!

Through generous grants and no-interest loans, JCRS College Aid helps financially challenged Jewish students get one step closer to a cap and gown - and therefore one step closer to financial stability and self-sufficiency. About 40% of JCRS college aid recipients are from single parent households and many come from immigrant households. Students apply to JCRS for these grants and provide detailed financial information with their application. JCRS then holds a series of volunteer committee meetings, including one in Dallas, to review each student's application, approve or disapprove, and then decide on a scholarship amount.

Each calendar year, the JCRS College Aid Program funds approximately 120 students with an average award of $2,600. Last year, JCRS provided 24 grants totaling more than $60,000 to Dallas area college students. Over the past three academic years, JCRS has provided more than 60 college aid grants including additional no-interest loans for Dallas young men and women.

Additional funding will allow JCRS to provide a greater number of scholarships in the Dallas area, as well as, increase the dollar amounts awarded to keep pace with the escalating costs of undergraduate education.

Amount Requested: $18,000

Akiba Academy and Ann and Nate Levine Academy are collaborating on a garden project inspired by the Ariel Sharon Park in Tel Aviv. Akiba and Levine are joining forces and to create beautiful green garden spaces on both campuses. To create and sustain the gardens at a level of excellence we would like to hire a shared Garden Educator who can support our teachers and students and maximize the beauty and the educational potential of the gardens. The Garden Educator will lead garden science and nutrition education classes and provide professional development training for teachers. The Garden Educator will be a resource for teachers as they plan their own cross-curricular lessons in the outdoor classroom Garden-based learning encompasses programs, activities and projects in which the garden is the foundation for integrated learning, in and across disciplines, through active, engaging, real-world experiences. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the garden curriculum provides opportunities for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real life. Students will experience hands-on, project based learning opportunities, arts and technology enriched lessons, and the opportunity to work in their own living laboratory. The Garden Educator will oversee and coordinate students' hands-on experiences in the garden (planting, tending, harvesting and cooking), and will build involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, students, parents and community volunteers.

Together, the Akiba and Levine gardens can flourish and thrive.

Amount Requested: $15,000

The Legacy Senior Communities (The Legacy) is seeking supplemental funding to assist in hiring a Rabbi to be the Director of Rabbinical Programs and Services. Initially, this will be a part-time position, moving to full-time in two or three years. The primary function will be to conduct, as well as coordinate, religious and spiritual leaders and resources for residents of The Legacy, their families, caregivers, The Legacy staff, and volunteers. This position will also be critical in providing structure and guidance for crafting the religious programming at The Legacy Midtown Park. Additionally, the Director of Rabbinical Programs and Services will assist with hospice services to supplement The Legacy at Home's clergy.

Expected Outcomes: The Legacy Staff: thru required staff orientation, provide a greater understanding of Judaism and respect for The Legacy's Jewish values in addition for our Jewish residents, staff members, volunteers, and the greater Dallas Jewish community. The Legacy Residents: greater Jewish spiritual fulfillment with the ease of not leaving the property; greater spiritual education and pastoral counseling for all residents, regardless of faith. Community Relations: increased volunteer participation and engagement from Jewish clergy.

Immediate direct impact will be focused on The Legacy Willow Bend residents, staff, and volunteers. This would be approximately 500 people in the first year. In year two and three, the Director of Rabbinical Programs and Services would have the opportunity to impact more people through the opening of The Legacy Midtown Park.

Amount Requested: $50,000

Forty years of dreams, prayers, planning, and great sacrifice will come to fruition on Wednesday, September 18, when the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum opens to the public. Our mission of teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference has, unfortunately, never been more important than it is today.

Please consider being part of this once-in-a-lifetime moment in our community's history by helping us build the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. By making a gift to the Building a Foundation of Hope Capital Campaign you will be able to say that you and your family helped build the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. What better legacy to leave to your family and community? A gift of any level will be displayed on LED screens in the main lobby, and your support of this building, and the mission it represents, will positively impact our community for generations to come.

Amount Requested: $10,000

Yavneh Academy is seeking funding to enhance and support outstanding extracurricular math and engineering (STEM) programs. For several years, Yavneh's Math Club has participated in Texas A&M's Algebra 2 Math Competition as well as Yale University's MMATHS competition. At A&M, Yavneh's team placed 1st three times; as individuals, Yavneh students have placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. At the Yale MMATHS competition this year, the Yavneh team placed 2nd. In addition, Yavneh's Math Club created the Jewish High School Math League, an international online math competition that has grown to more than 1000 participants representing 50 Jewish high schools from 6 continents. Yavneh's students create the content and coordinate all logistics of this competition.

Similarly, Yavneh students participate annually in the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education's national engineering competition. Teams work to engineer creative answers to problems and compete annually at CIJE Innovation Day in Los Angeles. In 2017, Yavneh's team won first prize for a device which detects swimmers in trouble. This year, two Yavneh teams are competing: one developed an alarm system to alert diabetics from their sleep when blood sugar levels go too high or low; the other developed a portable GPS-based "electronic fence" for children or Alzheimer patients, which alarms if they wander beyond a setpoint, and displays information for a passerby to assist.

We are very excited about the talent and potential of our students and seek funding to offset the significant costs for the students and the faculty associated with these prestigious competitions.

Amount Requested: $10,000

Many Jewish students at UT and surrounding universities are unaffiliated, not interested or disconnected from Jewish life. They are not being reached by any of the Jewish programming in and around campus How do we get the unaffiliated, not interested or those estranged from the community to connect to Jewish communal life? This huge void needs to be filled. JTRIBE is a grassroots movement of diverse Jewish students who come together for social events, social action, Jewish education, cultural awareness and mentoring events: a unique mix of peer-to-peer Jewish programming, mentorship, community service, leadership development and social fun. JTribe sets up a road to discovery, connecting to their Jewish roots and heritage and building strong relationships with the Jewish community which will continue after graduation. Jewish social and cultural events are run by the students: speakers, music, socializing, Shabbat and holidays Friends reach out to friends and acquaintances and are engaging them in Jewish programming. Close-knit networks are built in a social setting. JTribe's program empowers our lead interns to engage fellow Jewish students on a peer-to-peer level: Many are unaffiliated and on the fringes of the Jewish community and are outside Greek life. The program works by creating organic social networks based on shared identity and social values. Social and educational Jewish activities are planned outside of our center, on campus and the surrounding environs.

An increase in anti-Semitism and a decrease in student participation makes imperative to reach out and engage young Jews on campus. The JTribe program can make the difference!

Amount Requested: $20,000

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