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OUR APPROACH

We make strategic decisions about where we can make the biggest difference, and build innovative programs to change millions of lives.

How We Work

As stewards of our donors’ dollars, we think of our grants as critical community investments to influence broad systemic change. We start by meeting with experts, lay leaders, and academics and asking, “What are today’s most urgent challenges?” We research the issues laddering up to UJA’s overall vision, while staying informed of critical trends. And we draw on our expertise and leverage our relationships with a wide range of nonprofits to spearhead initiatives that boldly address key issues.

By driving together key influencers and listening to the many voices that make up our community — from agencies and grantees to synagogues and other partners in change — we can deliver funds to areas where we’ll have the greatest impact.

When emergency or disaster strike — we move quickly and effectively to get resources on the ground and bring urgent relief.  

 

How We Allocate Funds

UJA has three main strategic planning areas. Caring and Jewish Life each invest targeted grants for specific projects, looking at how to mobilize the community locally and globally to enhance our work in areas like poverty, employment, the elderly, health and well-being, strengthened Jewish engagement and connection, and leadership development. The Jewish Communal Network provides core operating support and oversight that strengthens an interconnected set of more than 80 partners and hundreds of other nonprofits, individually and as a whole.

We’ve also recently launched the UJA LAB, a laboratory offering innovative solutions to challenges that require our rapid response. This is where years of experience and an entrepreneurial spirit go hand in hand. We’re upping the impact, getting things done quickly, and moving on to the next challenge.

 

Research

In order to better understand and respond to the ever changing needs of our community, we commission research to study the demographics in our region and the many layers of Jewish life that exist in New York, in Israel, and around the world. These reports are prepared by experts from universities, research institutes, and professional firms, as well as independent consultants and UJA staff. This knowledge informs how we move forward in allocating funds to address our community’s most pressing needs.

Take a look at these recent studies:

Insights and Strategies for Engaging Jewish Millennials

Seeds of Opportunity: A National Study of Immersive Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE)

Israeli Jews in Greater New York

Perceptions of Jewish Day Schools

Report on Jewish Poverty

Connections and Journeys: Assessing Capital Opportunities for Enhancing Jewish Identity

Geographic Profile Report

JCSNY-2011 Comprehensive Report