2021 Year in Review

Year in Review



Matthew B. Lester
President, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit


Annual Campaign$34.2M
Fisher Meeting$24.2M
Community Level Campaign$6.5M
Centennial Campaign$21.4M
Other Revenue7 New Grants $515k
Corporate Philanthropy$260k
Additional Accomplishments
We achieved a record-breaking campaign of $34.2M, plus an additional $3.7M for the Andi and Larry Wolfe Challenge Challenge Fund.
At the onset of the Covid pandemic, an additional $7.6 million was raised through a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to assist Jewish agencies address the financial impact of the crisis and help keep services operating. Additional financial support, totalling $34 million was raised from federat PPP loans, State of Michigan Grants, JFNA, United Way and Oakland County
As of January 25, 2022, the Centennial Fund has raised $258,290,000 from 190 families. Over 50% of the commitments will be paid during the donor’s lifetime. $14,495,921 was raised between May 2021 and February 2022. A new Partners level Campaign was launched in July 2021, for donors making commitments between $100,000 and $999,999.
Raised level of support from the State of Michigan to $3.85 million to support Jewish agencies serving their clients with Mental Health needs.

Engagement & Constituent Relationships

Annual Campaign Total Donors10,470
Annual Campaign Retention82% (8,775)
Annual Campaign Increased Donors2,192
Event Participation TOTAL13,249
Event Participation UNIQUE4,560
Events TOTAL187
Additional Accomplishments
JFMD adapted to the pandemic in converting programs and meetings to a virtual and /or hybrid model. The virtual option resulted in larger participation in Board and Committee meetings as well as events.
Executed a series of new groups and events to engage members of the community in JFMD activity, to be held virtually, in-person and through hybrid events. Some of the new affinity groups included attorneys, Gen X and Young Women. These events have engaged an estimated 15,000 participants
Reviewed each of the JFMD and UJF Committees’ Mission and Rotation Cycle and made changes as appropriate (e.g. separated Retirement Committee from Insurance Committee, revised rotation schedule for Israel and Overseas Allocations Committee, etc.)
Held series of workshops to sensitize leadership to issues of more inclusion, diversity and equity.
Despite a pause on the running of overseas missions, the Israel and Overseas Department implemented a series of virtual seminars and exchanges to engage Detroiters on a variety of Israel-related topics
Expanded the number of Shin Shinim to 4 each year deployed in Jewish agencies and schools.
Planning for the Motor City Mission in March 2023

Community Impact

Ensure Real Estate is SustainableAchievedUJF assumed responsibility from the JCC to manage the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Building, closing unused portions of the building ,resulting in overall cost savings. Still in process are efforts to right-size the JCC building. In process, are plans to renovate JSL’s Fleischman Residence, making it more attractive to prospective residents and less costly to support.
Improve Allocations Process EfficiencyAchievedlorem ipsum
Community Stability IndicatorsAchievedReviewing services to seniors from all Jewish agencies.
Advance Collaboratory 2.0AchievedConcluded an agency-wide review to promote collaboration among human services (Collaboratory) agencies to improve services to the community. Approved the merger of JVS and Kadima to provide more holistic services to people with special needs and chronic mental illness.
Develop Long-Range YMH PlanAchievedExpanded Youth Mental Health services in local agencies and transferred primary oversight from JFMD to JFS.
Grow General Fund:$4.5M
Additional Accomplishments
Significantly increased allocation support to local agencies from both the 2021 and 2022 Campaigns, and set $1 million to support future needs arising from adaptations to COVID-19, labor shortages and fluctuations in the economic climate.
Allocated over $80 million, from all sources, to local JFMD agencies and programs.
Implemented agency-wide coordinated response to COVID-19, including distributing $5 million in grants from the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, as of February 1, 2022, helped secure PPP loans for Jewish agencies (most of which was forgiven), vaccine roll-outs in the Max M. Fisher Federation Building, food distributions from an Oak Park Elementary school site.
Created Jewish Community Services Inc., a separate entity implementing security services to all JFMD Constituent agencies and schools, and broadening support to other Jewish agencies and synagogues
Responded to global Jewish crises – “ Operation Guardian of the Walls” serving humanitarian needs resulting from War between Hamas and Israel, Re-unification of Ethiopian Olim with their Families in Israel.

JFMD Operations & Infrastructure

Integrate Insight SoftwareAchievedInsight Campaign tracking and analysis software is in use by the Philanthropic Advancement Team.
Hire & Onboard CEOAchievedSteve Ingber named CEO.
Reduce 2020-21 Costs: $1.2MAchievedOverhead costs reduced by $1.2M
PPP Forgiven > $1.5MAchieved
Create Diversity Assessment & PlanDiversity plan developed and rolled out to staff and lay leaders.
Complete I.T. Security AuditAchievedAudit completed.
Additional Accomplishments
Revamped the Audio/ Visual system in the Max M. Fisher Federation Building, making it possible to support virtual meetings and programs.

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