EIN 36-2167761

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF)

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Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago gives help and hope to the most vulnerable through a network of local agencies and programs, transforming the lives of 500,000 Chicagoans of all faiths who are in need at every stage of life.
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Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
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Program areas at JUF

The Federation's largest endeavor is to allocate funds to a network of nearly 70 agencies in the Chicago area that provide assistance to 500,000 Chicagoans of all faiths, including: hot meals and groceries, utility and rent assistance, prescriptions and medical care for impoverished families; job training and placement for people who are out of work; therapeutic school and specialized care for children with disabilities; support services for Holocaust survivors; assisted living, specialized Alzheimer's care and transportation for seniors; respite services for caregivers of frail seniors and people with disabilities; counseling, prevention and intervention services for troubled teens; and an entire continuum of prevention and therapeutic services for individuals and families in crisis.Because the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are closely linked in numerous ways (combined Board of Directors, shared professional and shared office space), and because JUF provides an annual, multi-million dollar allocation to the Jewish Federation, we measure and report our program and service results jointly for the combined JUF/Federation enterprise, which are summarized below:1. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish Federation acted swiftly to provide humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of people newly in need. As of June 30, 2020, Federation raised $15.8 million to create a COVID-19 Relief Fund and began to provide emergency grants in the following areas:- Emergency Financial Aid - Cash grants for housing, food, medical care and other essentials; - Increased Food Assistance - Expansion of food pantries, grocery gift cards and meal programs for people of all faiths and backgrounds;- Health & Safety - Enhanced staffing and PPE for Mt. Sinai Hospital and residences serving seniors and people with disabilities; safety upgrades and PPE for camps, preschools, day schools and human service agencies;- Extraordinary Social Services - Expanded mental health services; added career counseling; assistance for families coping with extended illness; bridges across the digital divide for low-income households; and- Community Stability - Emergency operating support and professional expertise for local Jewish human service agencies, day schools, youth groups and Jewish camps to ensure future community vitality.As of June 30, 2020, Federation approved COVID relief grants totaling approximately $7.3 million, of which $5.5 million were paid out to various grantees prior to year-end. The remaining $1.8 million of grants were disbursed shortly after June 30, 2020 and Federation continued to disburse additional COVID relief grants at a steady pace in the early months of FY21. 2. While battling antisemitism and hate, JUF is committed to ensuring that every community member can safely participate in Jewish life. - Since 2017, JUF has awarded $1.6M in matching grants and leveraged an additional $2.3 million, yielding a total of nearly $4M in new or enhanced security at 88 Jewish sites in the Chicago area, helping to protect 37,000+ community members.- Grant recipients include: - 54 Synagogues - 48% of Chicago area synagogues (every synagogue that applied) - 19 preschools & day schools, 12 agencies, 3 camps and 2 colleges.- JUF also helps make additional financial resources available to local Jewish institutions by assisting them in applying for grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityhelping to garner 250 grants for 99 local Jewish schools, synagogues and agencies totaling $20.45 million to date. - JUF regularly provides individual security assessments and consultations for local synagogues, Jewish schools, preschools and agencies, and cooperates with federal, state and local law enforcement to help keep Jewish Chicago safe.- JUF convenes regular security summits to further enhance local security for Chicago area Jewish institutions, providing training to many hundreds of staff and lay leaders.3. JUF is on the cutting edge of service delivery to the most vulnerable, evolving to address community needs as they emerge. As 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness this year and mental health issues are accelerating among young people, JUF is at the forefront of providing effective treatment, education and support in the community.- 30,000 people - individuals with mental health challenges, family members, caregivers, and professionals alike - benefited from mental health services provided by JUF agencies in 2019.- 2,400 individuals and families received direct mental health care from JUF agencies. - 3,500 individuals received counseling and participated in support groups and other JUF agency programs to enhance their mental health. - 5,800+ professionals participated in mental health training and other capacity-building.- 13,400 community members increased their awareness and knowledge of mental health topics through JUF agencies' outreach and education events.JUF serves Holocaust survivors more intensively than ever before. - JUF agencies served 2,000+ Holocaust survivors in the Chicago area in 2019.- Nearly 1,800 local survivors received ongoing financial assistance and 330+ received one-time emergency financial aid, totaling $8.1 millionan 88% increase over 2018.- Nearly 1,200 survivor households received financial assistance for personal care.- Some 1,700 survivors participated in socialization and wellness progress.JUF fights Jewish poverty across Chicago and around the globe. - 28,000 local individuals received one or more services to meet their fundamental needs, including food, housing, transportation and basic healthcare. - Nearly 4,900 local households received $10.4 million in emergency financial assistance from JUF agencies in 2019 - a 62% increase in dollars over 2018. - Food is the most common need for financial assistance.- Nearly 21,000 local Jews are sustained through JUF-funded food programs; 3 in 5 are over 55. - For 1 in 4 clients, dinner at the JUF Uptown Cafe is their first meal of the dayand for 1 in 3, it's their first interaction with another person during the day.- 38,000 individuals in need received direct healthcare through JUF-supported agencies.- Last year, 5,900 local households got help obtaining or maintaining public benefits (SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security) and 400 individuals received legal services.- 3,200+ individuals received transportation assistance, 94% of whom are older adults.- 500+ individuals lived in JUF agency-operated affordable housing, while 400+ people participated in services to secure affordable housing.- Israel suffers from the highest child poverty rate in the Western World, tens of thousands of whom rely on JUF programs to help break the cycle of poverty.- Nearly 90,000 impoverished seniors throughout the former Soviet Union, half of whom are Holocaust survivors, depend on JUF agencies for food and other necessities.4. JUF engages more members of the next generation in Jewish life more effectively than ever.JUF connects young families to Jewish life, community and one another.- 8,500 local children get free, monthly Jewish books through PJ Library.- 8,400 young families participated in programs through JUF and its agencies in 2019 - 30% of them for the first time.JUF brings young Jews to Israel, connecting them to the land, the people & their own identities. - Some 2,700 Chicago youth and young adults participated in JUF-funded Israel trips in 2019.- 800 young people received $1.2 million in scholarships and subsidies through JUF to help make their Israel experiences possible.- 1,500 young adults went on free JUF Birthright Israel trips.JUF creates dynamic hubs of Jewish life to engage teens, college students & young adults.- 7,000 teens engaged Jewishly through programs run by JUF and JUF-supported agencies. - 60% of all Jewish college students in Illinois participated in Hillel in some way in 2019. All told, 4,000 college students participated in Hillel.- Nearly 13,000 local young adults participated in engagement programs provided by JUF and its agencies in 2019.JUF makes Jewish education more affordable. - 4,500 individuals received $38.4 million in scholarships & tuition assistance in 2019 to help them afford Jewish preschool, day school, graduate and undergraduate programs.- 3,300 local Jewish Day School students - 73% of those enrolled - received scholarships and/or tuition assistance from JUF-supported day schools, which totaled $36 million in 2019.- 900+ preschoolers - 1 in 4 of those enrolled - received $1.4 million in scholarships from JUF and JCC to help make their early childhood education possible. - 1,300 children received scholarships and subsidies to attend Jewish summer camp.
Hillels of Illinois - Federation supports a vast array of Jewish activities for students at colleges, universities and professional schools in Illinois. The Hillel program provides opportunities for Jewish students to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity at 16 different college campuses in Illinois, as well as through Hillel Regional programs. Hillel's vision is a world where every Jewish student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel seeks to create a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students: an environment where students are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Increasingly, Hillel must help Jewish students counter campaigns by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement to delegitimize and demonize Israel, and to address the concomitant increase in campus anti-Semitism.
Refugee Social Service Program - The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago administers comprehensive refugee social services on behalf of the State of Illinois. The Illinois Refugee Social Service Consortium is comprised of 12 direct service agencies committed to providing quality refugee social services including: Employment, Cultural Adjustment, Case management, Community Integration Services, K-12, Youth Mentoring, Services to Older Refugees (Seniors), Mental Health counseling, data collection and reporting, and creation and maintenance of an online Salesforce database.

Grants made by JUF

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
National Philanthropic TrustGrants From Donor Advised Funds - Operating Support$29,309,952
Council for Jewish Elderly (CJE)Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Grants - Operating Support$17,284,492
Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS)Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Grants - Operating Support$12,229,304
...and 753 more grants made totalling $132,485,334

Who funds Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan ChicagoTo Support A Range of Nonprofit Organizations Which Address Humanitarian, Health and Welfare Needs.$41,280,354
Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP)Capital Campaign, Covid-19 Emergency Fund, Jewish Community Centers-Ezra, Council for Jewish Elderly, Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern, Fund for the Future Endowment, Israel Education Center, Israel Studies on Campus, and Jbaby$9,118,500
United Way of Metropolitan ChicagoProgram Support$878,884
...and 70 more grants received totalling $57,582,784
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of Homeland SecurityNON-PROFIT SECURITY PROGRAM$16,181

Personnel at JUF

David RubovitsChief Operating Officer / Senior Vice President , Planning and Allocations$66,663
David ServesChief Operating Officer
John ReceivedExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Boaz BlumovitzChief Financial Officer$91,580
Jim RosenbergChief of Staff
...and 32 more key personnel

Financials for JUF

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$155,849,897
Program services$3,147,532
Investment income and dividends$2,437,482
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$13,618,465
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$1,677,701
Total revenues$176,731,077

Form 990s for JUF

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-05-05990View PDF
2019-062020-10-23990View PDF
2018-062019-06-19990View PDF
2017-062018-10-16990View PDF
2016-062017-08-31990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 15 new grant, including a grant for $299,269 from Imb Charitable Trust Ii
September 28, 2021
Received grants
Identified 41 new grant, including a grant for $41,280,354 from Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
August 22, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
July 2, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
June 26, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 11 new personnel
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General information
30 South Wells St No 4049
Chicago, IL 60606
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Website URL
(312) 346-6700
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IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
X30: Jewish
NAICS code, primary
624190: Individual and Family Services
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