Due to the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, an estimated 1.2 million Jewish adults across North America are worrying about paying their next month’s housing costs. More than 500,000 are facing food insecurity, wondering how they will afford to feed their families. And countless others are making the painful choice between food, medicine, or their utility bills.
To address these increasing needs, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) created the Human Services Relief Matching Fund to raise tens of millions of dollars to support human service needs for communities across the country. The additional funds raised will go exclusively to meet the critical needs of Jewish community members most affected by the current crisis.
Here’s how it works—from Sept. 1 until Dec. 31, 2020, every eligible dollar donated to the Jewish Federation will be matched by the JFNA Human Services Relief Matching Fund at 50 percent. Gifts are eligible if a donor’s intent is to support human services, and donors must be either increasing their existing gift (only the increase in the amount will be matched), be a first-time donor, or not have made a gift in at least 18 months. A gift of $10 becomes $15…$100 become $150…$1,000 become $1,500…and so on. And the impact of all these gifts will touch those who need it most.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is currently eligible to receive up to $60,000 in matching funds through this national program. In order to do so, JFGI needs your help to raise $120,000 in new and increased gifts, adding $180,000 to the community’s efforts to support much-needed human services in the Greater Indianapolis Jewish Community.