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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 28, 2009 PAGE 13A J F CHALLENGES "The paradox is that our demand for services is through the roof," says Barry Kudlowitz, executive director. "The reason for that demand is the declining economy. We are being challenged to have these services s available to meet this mission."...The budgeting process is different than of Greeter C~anOo Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando Fiscal year begins Jan. 1. BUDGET Last year (2008): $1.6 million This year: (2009): $1.9 million FEDERATION ALLOCATION Last year: $130,913 This year: $67,180 most agencies because the JFS fiscal year begins Jan. 1. Kudlowitz: "We'll have to prioritize services, but we are just in the early stages of looking at the agency from a mission and a budget point of view. We will look at the end-of-year projections, look at each program. At this point we don't know Which services will be impacted."...Kudlow- itz wouldn't talk about possible cuts in staff or services at this point, but he emphasized being true to the agency's mission statement: To provide vital high quality and innovative social services to people in need. "The most important thing is keep true to our mission, but we have to meet expenses and provide the services. The business plan is being reviewed--how we think about the agency and the services we provide. The mission has to hold. ..JFS needs volunteers especially now with the new Darden Restaurants Foundation Pantry at the new JCC South campus. SOLUTIONS JFS has a variety of sources of incomes such as grants and individuals. Grants include DisneyHelping Kids Shine, Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, the Joseph Markoly Foundation, Citi Foundation and Bank of America. Sources also include the Federation and United Way. Fundraising is the largest revenue provider, and the fundraising goal is to raise $468,000. The biggest event is the annual gala, scheduled this year for October. Kudlowitz: "Last year we had 250 attendees, and we grossed over $206,000."..JFS provides for the broader community, and it does this without any discrimination. For example: the Family Stabilization Program is an ongoing project, in partnership with Christian Service Center and the Community Service Center, that breaks the cycle of poverty. JFS also partners with Hospice of the Comforter and Jewish Pavilion...United Way used to allocate operating funds to JFS, but it is now phasing in a new model focusing on prevention services that quantifiably make a difference. The JFS Family Stabilization Program is a model program working with preventing homelessness. This should be a perfect fit...Kudlowitz: "Nonprofits need to be supported by time, tal- ent or treasure, not because of guilt but because of passion to mission." ]}AVILION Jewish Pavilion Fiscal year begins Sept. 1 BUDGET Last year (2008): $247,361 This year (2009): $238,250 (proposed) FEDERATION ALLOCATION Last year: $38,000 This year: $19,000 CHALLENGES The Jewish Pavilion bad a staff that consisted of an executive director, a program coordinator, three part-time program assistants, a part-time book- keeper and a part-time IT person. Jewish Pavilion cut the program assistant positions_Funds almost all come from individual donations or special events, followed by trt%utes (life cycle events) and a little bit of endowment income... There is an ever-growing population of seniors, and there will only be more Jewish residents in living and nursing homes. Currently Jewish Pavilion covers 44 facilities...Executive Director Nancy Ludin:"Ourvolunteers are getting older. Fifty percent of our volunteer force is over 65 years old."...Many of the people Jewish Pavilion sees have no other visitations...Ludin: "Not all the people we visit are old.About 10 percent are young. They might have an illness such as cerebral palsy or diabetes and their parents might have died and they are alone." SOLUTIONS After cutting the program assistants, Jewish Pavilion increased its number ofvolunteers from 40 to 142..Jewish Pavilion hired a coordinator of volunteer services through a grant from the Governors Volunteer Florida Foundation that will pay one-hag of the position. Another grant has been submitted to the Retirement Research Foundation to fund the other hag of the position... Sources of revenue in the works: grants from foundations; "Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother Tribute Book," a special project in which families purchase a page in the book in honor or in memory of parents, grandparents or other relatives; sponsorships, such as assisted living facilities, and companies that serve seniors, for example: Jewish Pavilion provides services at a long-term care facility and the facility spends sponsorship dollars to link it to the Jewish Pavilion Web site --or the facility's name could go on invitations or for a table at Jewish Pavilion events; family support in which Jewish Pavilion develops a closer relationship with family members of the residents in the hopes of developing a more positive relationship; real estate rental, using some endowment money that was designated for an assisted living facility to purchase a house that can provide rental income; membership revenue, including Pearls of the Pavilion campaign...Besides keeping in regular touch with its top donors to get their input, Jewish Pavilion this year began social gatherings where people can hear about volunteering opportunities and staff can get input...Ludin: "The wonder- ful thing about the Jewish Pavilion is that you can volunteer at any age for any amount of time, and there is an unlimited amount of opportunities:' Resources on page 23A =~ i =2:i Taxes and laws are ever-changing. 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