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
- 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.