Jewish Federation of Madison Receives 2010 Sapir Award for Campaign Excellence

December 2011

The Jewish Federation of Madison’s 2010 Annual Tzedakah Campaign, for the first time in this community’s history, surpassed its goal of $1 million.  During a time when other Jewish communities were experiencing decreases within their own Federation annual campaigns, our Federation’s increased campaign has received national recognition from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and is being honored with the prestigious 2010 Sapir Award.

The Jewish Federation of Madison is one of a select handful of Federations across North America to be given this honor.  The Sapir Award for Campaign Excellence is designed to acknowledge and thank communities that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the Annual Campaign while maintaining or exceeding their city size average overseas allocation.  The Award was presented on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the 2011 General Assembly in Denver.  Diane Seder, Alicia Schiff and Jill Hagler are attending as representatives for the Jewish Federation of Madison.

This is the second time that the Madison Jewish community has received this award; the first time was in 2006. This accomplishment is a result of many years of cultivation, under the 2010 leadership of Campaign Chair, James Stein, MD, Financial Resource Development (FRD) Director, Bobbie Lazarz, Emeritus Executive Director Steven Morrison, and FRD committee members Melissa Barmore, Kathy Blumenfeld, Dan Mitchell, Fred Gants, Allan Levin, Debbie Minkoff, Lester Pines, Jon Rozenfeld. Alicia Schiff, Diane Seder, Marc Shovers, Harvey Wendel, Bonnie Wendel, and Jim Youngerman.

The Jewish Federations of North America represents 157 Jewish Federations (including the Jewish Federation of Madison) and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).