What is CUJF?
Founded in 1929, Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation (CUJF) is a non-profit, charitable organization whose goal is to foster a meaningful and vibrant Jewish future at home and abroad and to assist broader humanitarian activities. Like other Jewish federations, CUJF is an independent, local entity affiliated with JFNA, the national Jewish Federations of North America.
How much does CUJF spend on fundraising and administration?
The aim is to keep administrative expenses at a bare minimum. A standard rule-of-thumb (used by many small-city federations) is to constrain administrative expenses to 15% of the total campaign; CUJF has historically averaged under this percentage (around 11%). In allocations for 2009-10, we budgeted 10% for Adminisgtration, but actual expenditures in this category were closer to 14%. While still within acceptable ranges, this increased percentage was due to the change in senior staff. We will continue to strive for efficiency in our Administrative budget and to keep this proportion as low as possible.
CUJF has only one full time and one part-time employee, with much of the work done by volunteers and unpaid interns. It has the lowest administrative costs per dollar raised of any federation in downstate Illinois. Whatever the measure, CUJF is an extremely efficient organization, enabling nearly all funds raised to be used for charitable purposes.
How much does CUJF spend locally and how much goes overseas?
Close to 70% stays in Champaign County. About 30% goes overseas. A small amount is distributed nationally. All expenditures are charitable and humanitarian.
What does CUJF do?
CUJF engages in a wide range of activities designed to promote humanitarian relief, medical and social services, multi-cultural understanding, and social justice. Some work is accomplished indirectly by distributing funds to other charitable organizations. Other work is done directly by CUJF volunteers, interns, and staff.
CUJF provides many services in CU:
What organizations does CUJF support?
A complete list appears in CUJF's Annual Report and Allocations Guide. Here are some examples: