The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is proud to share with you that our 2016 Annual Campaign has continued to increase resources, providing continued funding to our beneficiary agencies, additional funding to several existing programs, and supplementary funding for great programs like PJ Library as well as exciting new initiatives.
As of January 25, our 2016 Annual Campaign is reaching its final stages and has raised more than $4.2 million and is on pace to exceed last year’s total of $4.4 million when all pledges are in.
Of particular importance are the continuing strength of our Women’s Campaign, which has grown by more than five per cent; the growth of our Emerging Generation Campaign, which has added dozens of new donors and is on track to raise at least 25 per cent more than last year; and our supplementary gifts for special projects of approximately $200,000, over and above Annual Campaign giving.
Success begins with leadership, and we’ve been blessed as a community for the past two years to have Jeff Miller, a champion of Jewish causes in our community for more than 30 years, as chair of the Annual Campaign.
Jeff is a partner at GGFL, one of Ottawa’s most respected chartered professional accounting firms and a corporate partner of the Federation. There are few communal organizations that Jeff hasn’t been integrally involved with over the past three decades. Jeff has recently become chair of the community’s Jewish Education Funding Task Force.
Beginning in 2015, Sharon Appotive has brought her grace, persuasiveness, kindness and great ideas to the leadership of the Women’s Campaign.
Sharon has fostered annual growth of over five per cent in the Women’s Campaign, leading the way for our community. Her communal involvement has included the Ottawa Jewish Community School, Soloway Jewish Community Centre, March of the Living and Camp B’nai Brith – and she has deep personal appreciation for the wonderful work of Hillel Lodge. Sharon has been a canvasser for the Annual Campaign, as well as chair of the Chai Pomegranate and Lion of Judah divisions. For many years, Sharon has held a number of key roles in the family business at Howard Fine Jewellers and True Bijoux.
The leadership of the 2017 Annual Campaign has passed to Michael Polowin, who has been preparing for his transition into the role for several months.
Michael is a partner at Gowlings, one of Ottawa’s premier law firms, and leads their Municipal Law Group. Michael has been involved in community leadership for many years, and is perhaps best known and appreciated as chair of Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa, which has seen a renaissance of enrolment, financial stability and improved facilities under his guidance and vision.
More dollars? Yes.
And that means more scholarships are available for camp and school.
More of the vulnerable can be helped.
The community has come together in more significant numbers to celebrate, advocate and commemorate.
More programs reach more people in our community every year.
Our community is more united, more cohesive, and more effective in making Jewish life in our city meaningful.
We are proud that all of this is possible, thanks to our community’s support through almost 200 dedicated canvassers and 2,000 generous donors.
We are all looking forward to an even stronger campaign 2017!