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known to your chosen recipient(s). It is your decision. JewishCharities.org
offers you the opportunity to give in many ways. JewishCharities.org
has a highly effective tracking system that will carefully monitor
your donation once made. This is done through a specific tracking
number, which your contribution will be assigned. You will also
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will also provide you with a telephone number or email and a
contact at your chosen charity(s) to further confirm your donation.
Your donation is tax exempt.
In the coming months, please expect several other Jewish charities
to become members of this site. At this point you will be able
to donate directly to through this site. Below please find the
answers to the questions that you may have once we begin accepting
donations. Thank you for giving the Mitzvah of Tzedakah and your
support of JewishCharities.org.
|1. What is JewishCharities.Org?
2. How are my contributions utilized by JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG member
3. Why should I choose to make charitable contributions through
JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG when I may simply write a check to the charities I wish to
4. May I specify how I would like my gift to be used?
5. Do foreign humanitarian aid programs truly work?
6. Why should I support organizations that work overseas?
7. Is giving to impoverished people around the world a bad investment?
8. Would my contribution not be put to better use in the United
States? Why should Americans care about foreign causes?
9. Who gives to JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG?
10. I can't afford to give a large amount, so why should I give?
11. How much of my gift spent on administrative costs?
12. Can I volunteer through the member charities of JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG?
13. How do I know my money is going to get to the institution that
14. How can I support JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG?
15. How can I receive more information?
1. What is JewishCharities.Org? [top]
JewishCharities.org (JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG) is an Internet based tzedakah house
of the world's leading relief, endowments, development, and other Jewish charitable
Through raising awareness and funds, JEWISHCHARITES.ORG provides help to people
in locations both nationally and abroad who suffer from hunger, poverty, and
disease, or from the ravages of war, national disasters, and oppression. Through
JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG, you may also support local Jewish causes, or even your own
JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG serves as a lifeline connecting compassionate individuals
to the truly needy. The member charities consist of humanitarian relief and development
programs, which work to alleviate poverty, increase education, provide health
care, and strengthen lives within the Jewish community. In addition, educational
institutions, synagogues, and other worthy causes are represented.
2. How are my contributions utilized through JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG member charities? [top]
JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG member charities reach millions in need throughout the world.
It is up to you which group(s) you wish to assist through your donation.
3. Why should I make charitable contributions through JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG when
I may simply write a check to the charities I wish to support? [top]
You may indeed write a check and mail it directly to a charity, but many of us
wait to be asked before we give. You might respond to a mail solicitation, for
example, but maybe not the first you receive. Perhaps it would take up to two
to three mailings to get your attention. It requires a lot of money for organizations
to develop, print, and distribute these mailings, so they choose to rely on JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG,
in order to better utilize their received donations.
4. May I specify how I would like my gift to be used? [top]
Yes. Through JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG you may choose to give to the member charities
as a whole or to one or more specified agencies. Gifts, which are designated
to the member charities as a whole, are divided equally among them. Gifts designated
to specific member agencies are distributed directly to them.
5. Do humanitarian aid programs truly work? [top]
Yes. The international relief and community development work supported through
JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG member charities is efficient, effective, and produces tangible
results in the lives of people.
6. Why should I support organizations that work overseas? Doesn't the United
States government do enough? [top]
Humanitarian foreign aid provided by the U.S. government amounts to less than
1% of the federal budget - only a fraction of what people assume is being spent.
Among the top 21 industrialized nations, the United States is ranked last in
terms of percentage of gross national product spent on humanitarian foreign aid.
7. Is giving to impoverished people around the world a bad investment? [top]
Absolutely not! The countries that received the most foreign aid in the 1960's
- Brazil, Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey - today represent over $100 billion in trade
with the United States. South Korea currently imports three times as much in
U.S. goods as it received in U.S. aid during the entire decade of the 1960's.
JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG member charities are guided by the belief that in order to
escape extreme poverty and suffering, people need more than just a handout. People
need assistance that will enable them to get past the crisis of starvation, disease,
and poverty. Only then will it be possible for them to see a future that promises
education, training, and a sustainable source of food.
8. Would my contribution not be put to better use in the United States? Why should
Americans care? [top]
It is undeniable that the U.S. has its share of needy people within the Jewish
community, but it is impossible for Americans to shut out the world's problems
and not be effected. It is important that assistance is offered to both national
and international Jewish organizations. Some examples of issues that are currently
being addressed include:
The number of families applying for governmental assistance in 1998 in Jerusalem
has risen nearly 50% in the last six years. The Jerusalem Social Services Department
and other governmental agencies have, in some cases, attributed this to increasing
difficulties for residents to meet their basic needs, increasing numbers of at-risk
children, and rising incidents of domestic violence.
In 1998, it was also reported that 24% of the Israeli capital's children were
living in poverty, which means little chance for many of these children to obtain
substantial food, shelter, medical treatment, or education. Many of these children
comprise of those coming from Orthodox families, where families many times have
more children and lower incomes.
Also, many JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG member agencies do provide direct services to
within the United States, and have developed successful programs that are currently
being implemented not only in international settings, but also throughout the
North American Jewish community.
9. Who gives to JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG? [top]
Contributions to JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG are from both generous individuals and corporations.
10. I can't afford to give a large amount, so why should
I give? [top]
A small donation can go a long way, particularly when added to thousands of other
gifts contributed through JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG. Also, keep in mind how much farther
your gift can go in order to help those in need around the world.
11. How much of my gift is spent on administrative costs? [top]
JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG spends over 94% of every dollar received to support programs.
That means that fund raising and administrative costs are uncommonly low - only
6.1 cents of each dollar contributed.
JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG takes seriously the stewardship and accountability of your
voluntary contributions. Member charities value your trust more today than ever,
so you can be assured that the money you give is received by those you intend
to help. This maximizes the effectiveness of the funds going to programs that
12. Can I volunteer through the member charities of JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG? [top]
JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG member charities rely on an active corps of volunteers to
provide needed services, but please do not contact JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG concerning
volunteer or internship programs available within our member agencies. JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG's
primary concern is in effectively representing its member agencies in the workplace
and in raising funds for those agencies. Therefore, JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG is not
familiarized with its 50+ member agencies' possible volunteer or employment opportunities.
If you would like to volunteer or seek employment through a JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG
member charity, you may reach them through toll free numbers, e-mail, or web
site addresses provided on the JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG member list. Many of our member's
web sites include information on volunteer and career opportunities.
13. How do I know my money is going to get to the institution
that I choose? [top]
Please see the How We Work section of this web site.
14. How can I support JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG? [top]
You can support JEWISHCHARITIES.ORG by giving online to the member organization(s)
of your choice. Credit cards and U.S. checks are considered acceptable forms
of payment by our member charities for donations.
15. How can I receive more information? [top]
Contact the JEWISH CHARITIES.ORG National Office via e-mail at info@JewishCharities.org