BJCF Announces 2013 Grants

The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation, founded in 1995 with a mission to create “a gathering place where Jewish life will flourish,” continues to expand support to Jewish charities throughout Boulder County.  The 2013 grants – totaling $58,762 – were made to 18 organizations (see list below).  Approximately 80% of the funds were distributed to the Boulder Jewish Community Center.

Organizations receiving 2013 grants include:

  • 9 Health Fair @ Boulder JCC
  • Adventure Rabbi
  • Beth Ami
  • Boulder Jewish Community Center
  • Boulder Jewish Festival
  • Boulder Jewish News
  • Boulder Mikvah
  • Chabad at C. U.
  • Chabad Center of Longmont
  • Congregation Bonai Shalom
  • Congregation Har Hashem
  • Congregation Nevei Kodesh
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Jewish Together – Boulder (Leadership Initiative)
  • Kehillath Aish Kodesh
  • Lubavitch of Boulder
  • Menorah
  • Pardes Levavot

Early in our history we:

  • acquired facilities for a Jewish preschool (1996),
  • acquired a much larger facility for the Boulder Jewish Community Center (1999),
  • raised $1 million for an endowment to support future operational (space) needs of the Boulder Jewish community, with the support of the Rose Community Foundation and the Allied Federation of Colorado (2002),
  • spun off the Boulder Jewish Community Center into an independent charity (2005),
  • helped incubate the:
    • Boulder Jewish Community Calendar
    • Boulder Jewish News
    • Boulder Community Career Network (2011).

Since our organization currently has no employees and all work (including annual tax preparations) is performed on a volunteer basis, all funds available for allocation (100%) are distributed to community organizations.  Overhead fees are absent!

BJCF has instituted Grassroots Jewish Boulder to solicit individual donations and make additional grants in support of Jewish causes that may be too small or otherwise not qualify for funding from other community foundations or organizations.  These donations may support “out of the box” types of projects, such as:

  • Incubation of new startups (i.e., the Jewish Community Career Network).
  • Underwriting community fundraising events.

The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.  If you’re interested in supporting additional activities of the BJCF, contact BoulderJewish@gmail.com.

BJCF Calls for 2013 Grants

The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation (BJCF) has an endowment fund, the income from which is used to assist Jewish communal organizations in the Boulder area with space- and facility-related needs.

In 2012,  we assisted 17 organizations and granted $14,420.  These gifts ranged from $250 – $2,500 and were directed primarily towards facility needs, including:   Boulder Jewish Festival, annual fundraising events, and space rentals.

This year we plan to award funds in September 2013 for spending on projects in the 2013-2014 grant cycle:

  1. Assistance with the underwriting of the facility costs of a planned fundraiser or event.
  2. Facility needs for the improvement or upgrade of your building.

If your organization, or an organization you are aware of, could benefit from assistance please send a one page written request to boulderjewish@gmail.com.  We ask that all requests be received by July 5th. We will confirm all grant requests received.  If you do not receive a confirmation by July 8 please resubmit your request no later than July 12 with “Resubmission” in the title line.    In your submission please indicate the amount requested, explain the intended purpose, outline the anticipated impact of the allocation and a plan for donor matches (if applicable).  We strongly encourage, and will give priority to, grant requests for funds that will be used for matching grant purposes on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Also include:

    • Evidence of your current IRS 501(c)3 status, Organization name, address, and name, email address and phone number of primary contact.
    • If your organization received a grant in 2012 please provide us a brief status on the use of the funds and matching amounts received.

If you have any questions regarding this matter the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation can be contacted at boulderjewish@gmail.com.

BJCF accepts community donations to our Grassroots Jewish Boulder fund.  From these funds, we expand grants and support other community needs.

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Thank you,

BJCF Board