Charity

Jewish charities struggle on funds

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2010

Communal welfare organisations are facing a further squeeze on their funding from local authorities, increasing the pressure to raise more from donors to maintain services.

Jewish Care chairman Stephen Zimmerman told a breakfast meeting of its business group this week that the charity was still battling with Barnet Council over funding.

“This year Jewish Care is currently not going to receive any increase in the amount given by our largest local authority and we are even fighting to achieve the status quo.”

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Amnesty Gaza report has 'systematic bias'

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

Amnesty International’s Middle East director has denied the charity has an anti-Israel agenda and said it works equally to protect citizens of the Jewish state and their Palestinian neighbours.

The organisation’s latest report on Israel and the Palestinians examines attempts to rebuild life in Gaza following last year’s conflict.

Published on Monday to coincide with the first anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Suffocating: The Gaza Strip Under Israeli Blockade calls on Israeli authorities to allow fuel, food, building materials and other essential goods into Gaza unrestricted.

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Gaza: charities on new offensive

By Robyn Rosen, December 22, 2009

Sixteen charities, including Oxfam and Amnesty International, have criticised the international community for not doing enough to end the Gaza blockade in a report published a year on from Operation Cast Lead.

The report, Failing Gaza, published this week, claims there has been a “failure” of the international community to do all it can to lift the blockade and calls for “concerted action”.

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Charities miss out on cash

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2009

Charities are missing out by not claiming extra tax relief through Gift Aid on cash donations, according to the Charity Commission.

It says that each £10 could attract an extra £2.50 through Gift Aid — with an additional 30p that can be reclaimed from the Inland Revenue until April 2011.

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US Jewish charities: prospering despite credit crunch

By Nathan Guttman, November 12, 2009

In Washington, the main Jewish communal body, the Federation, suffered two financial hits in recent years: once through the economic downturn and another through Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. But despite a 15 per cent drop in income, the community hardly felt a decline in services. The organisation cut salaries by 10 per cent and switched to a four-day work week.

“It’s a very challenging time, but we are finding creative ways to cope,” said the Federation’s CEO, Misha Galperin.

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Food charity's £500k West End meal

November 5, 2009

A charity providing 14,000 hot meals daily at soup kitchens and schools throughout Israel enjoyed a successful dinner of its own at the Millennium Mayfair on Monday.

Hazon Yeshaya raised £500,000 from the event, attended by 430 supporters.

Making the appeal, Cyril Dennis highlighted a recent Israeli government report which found that 28 per cent of Israel’s population lived below the poverty line. This figure included over 600,000 children.

Charity founder Abraham Israel was among the guests.

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Givers happily take the bait

By Alex Kasriel, October 8, 2009

Although Jews are supposed to give at least one-tenth of their income to charity, Institute of Jewish Policy Research figures suggest that 20-to-30-somethings are less likely to do so than their parents.

To counteract this, the Charities Advisory Trust, headed by Dame Hilary Blume, ran an event in Mayfair to inspire young professionals to become philanthropists.

Called Happy Givers — because giving promotes a sense of well-being — it featured representatives of four charities who tried to persuade the 40-strong crowd to part with their cash.

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Skeet gets a facelift

October 8, 2009

Kent-based kosher residential facility Skeet Hill House has reopened following a £1.5 million upgrade funded by communal donations.

Head teachers and youth organisation leaders were among the 70 guests at a reception to mark the refurbishment.

Skeet is administered by the Bradians Trust, whose chairman Michael Black thanked donors, particularly the Jewish Youth Fund.

Sandra Waldman was recently appointed manager of Skeet and bookings are already being accepted for 2011.

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Party pledges on elderly 'don't add up'

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

Welfare charities fear that both Gordon Brown and David Cameron will not be able to deliver on their parties’ pledges to supply care for the elderly.

In his party conference address, Mr Brown offered support to those with the greatest needs, noting: “Today more and more people see their parents and grandparents suffering from conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. And for too many families, the challenge of coping with the heartbreak is made worse by the costs of getting support.

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Postal strikes hit New Year charity appeals

By Robyn Rosen, September 24, 2009

Communal charities have blamed postal strikes in the capital for reduced donations to their Rosh Hashanah appeals.

Organisations large and small report that appeal letters have not reached their destinations. Supporters are worried that donations have got lost in the post.

Wizo executive director Alison Rosen said that its appeal for children at risk had been badly affected by the strike action.

“We’re very concerned our appeal has not reached everybody it was meant to. We haven’t had the volume of post back that we expected.

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