October 24, 2013

UJF Capital Campaign Files and the Cornerstone Fund

Filed under: Uncategorized — thiscangobacktothearchives @ 9:55 am

The UJA-Federation (UJF) Budget Department Subject Files are currently being processed, which we anticipate will end up being approximately 40 to 50 linear feet in quantity.  These subject files are the files of the Budget Department (then called the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)) created after the merger in 1986 and are the final subseries of the UJA-Federation budget files to be processed.  Two groups of files are discussed below.

One of the major subject areas within these files pertains to the Capital Campaign.  The Capital Campaign was an ambitious $1.7 billion “capital campaign” aimed at building and rebuilding the facilities of its beneficiary organizations.

The Capital Campaign Central Fund was established to support capital projects of agencies with limited resources and recognition, approved in accordance with the Guidelines for the Capital Campaign. The Central Fund provided grants to agencies for a portion of the total cost of a project. Grants were provided as an incentive to assure the completion of projects which had received the support of the sponsoring agency’s leadership. The amount of individual grant awards depended on factors such as the nature of the project, the amount of funds available for distribution and the relative demand for funds.

From the documentation, “Embracing $1.2 billion of capital and endowment projects proposed by UJA-Federation agencies, the campaign will help reshape delivery of health care, rehabilitation and other social services in the New York area well into the 21st century.  The campaign seeks to fund critically needed new immigrant housing, community rehabilitation, and educational facilities in Israel. In the first year through its annual Capital Campaign, UJA-Federation’s network of health and human service agencies helped 4 million people in the New York metropolitan area, in Israel, and in 33 other Jewish communities around the world.”

Another fund for which many files survive in the archives was the Cornerstone Fund. From the documentation, the Cornerstone Fund was “the centerpiece of UJA-Federation’s capital development effort to assist agencies with financial dilemmas due to construction issues.  It was established in 1989 to support urgent infrastructure projects at agencies unable to mount their own campaigns for new roofs, boilers, windows, basic refurbishing or renovation, as well as to provide ready resources for emergency physical plant repairs.  The Fund has also helped sustain the fund raising for and oversight of these and other critical capital improvements. Cornerstone Fund projects are not glamorous. Yet the generosity of Cornerstone donors has often been crucial to the continued operation of many afflicted community centers, camps and other agencies.”

The Cornerstone Fund is an ideal opportunity for donors at all giving levels who want to make an important contribution toward preventing the deterioration of critical community agencies throughout the UJA-Federation network.

The following image is a page excerpted from the pamphlet, “A Time To Build,” which was a campaign brief for the UJA-Federation Capital Campaign.  It discusses how privately raised funds come from two sources: the UJA-Federation’s annual campaign and periodic capital campaigns.


Page on Capital Giving from "A Time to Build"

Page on Capital Giving from “A Time to Build”

It will be interesting to research the differences and similarities between these UJA-Federation capital campaign financing files with the much earlier files that can be found in the FJP Budget Department Subject Files dealing with what was called before the merger the Capital Programming Subcommittee of the Communal Planning Committee, circa 1978-1986; and also of the Building Fund, for which we have records as early as 1919.

We will continue to post about topics in these subject files as the processing progresses.


1 Comment »

  1. Thanks Marvin! Looks good.


    Comment by susanwoodland — October 24, 2013 @ 10:02 am

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