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A Delicate Balance: Agency-Federation Relations in the Darrell Friedman Era

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Lawrence M. Ziffer; Buddy Sapolsky

Topic: Economics (Economic policy, planning, and development)
Social conditions (Associations and meetings)

Keywords: Fundraising and Philanthropy; Jewish Organizations; Allocations

Coverage: United States


In Baltimore, for 16 consecutive years— which included the period after September 11— The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore's revenues increased so dependably that even in the most uncertain times the federation was able to meet its agencies' basic needs. So the pain was especially acute when, in allocating funds for the 2003-2004 fiscal year, the Associated was forced to retrench, anticipating a 6% aggregate reduction in funds available for allocation to local agencies. Indeed, the crisis tested our strength as an agency network, as a federation, and as a Jewish community. In the process we gained valuable insight into agency-federation relationships— into what contributes to excellence, what most benefits the Jewish community, and what must be improved.


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