Funders' File Winter 2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the tragic shooting of five noble police officers in 2016, the DJCF rallied together as a community to make a difference through the creation of 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 during the holidays.
In 2017, this Fund allowed 17 families and individuals to deliver holiday trays to fire and police stations and emergency call centers, providing hundreds of first responders on duty a small token of our appreciation during Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was our small way of saying thank you to first responders who gave up their holiday – a holiday which should be spent with family and friends but instead they were on duty to protect and serve each of us. As a community of faith, we are humbled over the commitment of these brave men and women.
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. It would seem unusual for someone of the Jewish faith to find joy and inspiration on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but for the leadership and volunteers of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation it's not unusual at all due to this Fund. Help us continue to keep our spirit of unity alive by rallying together as a community to show our gratitude for those who make it their duty to care for our safety.
Amount Requested: any gift is appreciated
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: annual budget - $36,000
In 2018 alone, 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,000 will die from the disease. If ovarian cancer is found early, before it spreads outside the ovaries, 93% of patients survive more than 5 years after diagnosis. Unfortunately, only 19% of cases are detected when cancer is confined to the ovaries. The overall 5-year survival rate of ovarian cancer is only 45%. Be The Difference Foundation wants to improve the survival rates for ovarian cancer!
In a survey by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, 89% of women were unaware of ovarian cancer symptoms before being diagnosed. However, 81% of the respondents realize in hindsight that symptoms existed before diagnosis, with these symptoms being confused with irritable bowel syndrome, pre-menopause, stress, or other ailments. Genetic factors also greatly increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, especially among the Ashkenazi Jewish community.
Be The Difference Foundation would like to implement a public awareness campaign of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer. We want to encourage women to listen to their bodies and advocate to their physicians if they have any of the symptoms of ovarian cancer or genetic risk factors. We want men to realize they can pass on the genetic predisposition for ovarian cancer to their daughters. And, we want ovarian cancer – and the color teal – to be as recognizable as pink. We need your help to engage a PR firm to support this effort for 6 months, culminating in September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Amount Requested: $10,000
At Community Homes for Adults, Inc. (CHAI) it is our mission to provide programs and services that enable adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to live full, rich lives and to meaningfully participate in the community with as much independence as possible.
Supportive Employment Program - this program assists our residents and clients in finding a job. Our staff helps with resume writing, job search, preparing for the interview, the actual interview and on the job training. Many of those we serve have had the same job for many years. We work closely with the employer to make sure it is a successful experience for the individual and the company. Would you consider a $15,000 gift to support this program?
This program currently operates at a deficit in our budget, because the reimbursement from state funding is so low. We continue to offer the program, because meaningful employment helps those we serve to lead a meaningful life. It's what we do!
Amount Requested: $15,000
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
Hillels of North Texas promotes a vibrant environment to celebrate Israel on campus and promotes student support for--and engagement with--Israel. At University of North Texas and University of Texas, Dallas, we encourage and nurture diverse ways for students to shape their perspective and raise awareness regarding Israel. Israel education is more important on our college campuses than ever as anti-Israel voices become stronger. From 2017 to 2018, Hillels of North Texas has increased Israel engagement, education, and experiences among students by 20% and expects to see greater growth this year. Twelve (12) student leaders at UNT and UT Dallas request funding in order to be able to attend AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference in DC. Students return from Israel conferences with momentum to advocate for Israel and educate peers on campus; our students are going to lead the campus in positive conversations around Israel. Invest in one student leader to attend an Israel conference ($1,500) and ten more students will be engaged on campus. Our students will engage over 130 students on Israel. A strong Hillel develops Jewish leadership for the Jewish community locally, regionally and nationally. Hillels of North Texas relies on the generosity of our local Jewish community to serve our local Jewish college students. Together we can shape future Jewish leaders who embrace Israel and the Jewish people.
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
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 approximately 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 needs 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
Akiba is excited to announce that with appropriate funding, we would like to create a state of the art, developmentally appropriate learning lab. This learning lab would allow us to provide acceleration and remediation for our students, in addition to providing a space for our learning resource team to support students and an inviting place for students in need of a space to take a break from class to self-regulate. The learning lab would be designed with flexible learning spaces to meet the variety of learners who will utilize the room throughout the day. The furniture will be designed intentionally to help increase focus and meet the tactile needs of many of our students with learning differences. The space would be warm and cheerful, a place that all students are excited to go, so that students jump at the opportunity to get extra support. With this learning lab, we will also be able provide academic interventions to a greater number of students overall.
A corner of the room will be set aside as a calming sensory room for our younger students who need a quiet space to self-regulate, so that we can get them back into the classroom ready to learn. For children who have behavior related diagnoses, this would replace the more traditional model of time out or sending a child to the principal's office, a punitive measure, when really many children just need the support to help them regulate their emotions in a caring environment.
Amount Requested: $15,000
Texas has the second largest number of individuals who are visually impaired in the country. In the Dallas Fort Worth – Metroplex there are an estimated 150,000 individuals and this is expected double in the next 10 years. Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is well positioned to address this need.
GDB is this largest provider of guide dogs in North America and the second largest in the world. We provide all of our services free of charge including long-term veterinarian care for the life of the working team – guaranteeing that financial limitations are not an impediment to mobility and ensuring the health and well-being of both sides of the harness.
We receive no government funding and we rely on the generosity of individuals, organizations and foundations to fuel our mission of empowering lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people and canines. While all gifts will directly impact our efforts in Texas, a $15,000 client sponsorship would have a direct impact on an individual by covering the cost of travel to and from our campus, room and board and the two week training with their new guide dog. In addition, your support would provide the priceless gift of freedom, safety, companionship, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Amount Requested: $25-$15,000
Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association has been assisting members of the North Texas Jewish Community since 1935, bridging the gap between need and achievement with interest free loans. The demand for these programs is at an all-time record high and with 93 % of our assets loaned out into the community, it is necessary to hire a full time fundraiser. We respectfully request a grant of $25,000 to be used towards the salary/expenses of a fundraising professional. This is a partial grant, and the Association will supply the remainder of the salary.
Amount Requested: $25,000
This past summer we began renovations on the Donsky Pailet Gym at Ann & Nate Levine Academy. This project has already improved the student experience in gym class and sports teams this Fall season. We are still in the process of raising money to complete this project and are hoping to raise the remaining $50,000 needed to install acoustical panels, improve our athletic equipment, and repair and renovate our existing bleachers. This gym is a central part of our program and our children utilize this facility for sports, P.E., community gatherings, and programs such as carnivals and fairs throughout the year. Hundreds of students, teachers, and parents utilize this facility each and every day. Additionally, we host of 20 home games each season for our sports program welcoming students, parents and coaches from private schools around the city.
Amount Requested: $50,000
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 these Jewish students 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 y oung Jews on campus. The JTribe program can make the difference!
Amount Requested: $10,000