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The mission of the LGBT Alliance was to increase opportunities for Bay Area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community members to fully participate and celebrate in Jewish Life. This ...

The mission of the LGBT Alliance was to increase opportunities for Bay Area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community members to fully participate and celebrate in Jewish Life. This JCF grant was intended to provide operating support for the LGBT Alliance, with the structure and format to be determined based on recommendations of the LGBT Task Force in May 2011. Primary areas of work included: building capacity of community organizations to meet the needs of LGBT identified Jews; enhancing access to resources for community members; empowerment, leadership development, fostering engagement and reducing barriers to involvement for LGBT Jews.

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2011 Grant Request to JCF and Endowment Fund 2011 Grant Request to JCF and Endowment Fund Document Transcript

  • Grant  Request   2011    The mission of the LGBT Alliance is to increase opportunities for Bay Area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, andTransgender (LGBT) community members to fully participate and celebrate in Jewish Life. This JCF grant isintended to provide operating support for the LGBT Alliance, with the structure and format to be determinedbased on recommendations of the LGBT Task Force in May 2011. Primary areas of work will include: buildingcapacity of community organizations to meet the needs of LGBT identified Jews; enhancing access to resourcesfor community members; empowerment, leadership development, fostering engagement and reducing barriersto involvement for LGBT Jews in the Jewish Community Federation and throughout the Jewish community.  E x i s t i n g   O p e r a t i n g   a n d   P r o g r a m m a t i c   S u p p o r t :   G r a n t   R e q u e s t  
  • Organization BackgroundAddress: 121 Steuart Street San Francisco, CA Organizations URL:94105 http://www.jewishfed.org/community/lgbtPhone: (415) 369-2863 Name of your organization or program: LGBTOrganizations E-mail Address: lisaf@sfjcf.org Alliance Contact InformationPlease provide the following information for the person who will be the primary contact for this proposal(and potentially resultant grant): Ms. Lisa Finkelstein, Director lisaf@sfjcf.org (415) 369-2863Please provide the following contact information for the Board President or Chair of the Organizationsubmitting this proposal: Mr. Arthur Slepian, apslepian@yahoo.com (415) 987-5119 Program DescriptionFor which type of grant are you applying? Operating and Programmatic SupportTitle or Name of the Program: For an operating support grant, please use "General Operating Support". Otherwise,please include the word program, project or initiative (i.e. School Lunch Program, Israel Education Initiative,Filmaking Project) - (10 words or less)General Operating Support Jewish Community Federations LGBT Alliance Project DescriptionA statement related to the purpose of the grant. -- What work will this grant support? Please phrase yourresponse to complete the sentence, "This JCF grant is intended...." (ie. "To promote equal opportunity for Arab-Israeli children under age six by minimizing risk factors that threaten their development and improving the scopeand quality of early childhood services and programs." or "To support teen engagement and leadership developmentthroughout the FSA with region-specific planning and collaboration.") - (150 words or less)The mission of the LGBT Alliance is to increase opportunities for Bay Area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, andTransgender (LGBT) community members to fully participate and celebrate in Jewish Life. This JCF grant isintended to provide operating support for the LGBT Alliance, with the structure and format to be determined basedon recommendations of the LGBT Task Force in May 2011. Primary areas of work will include: building capacityof community organizations to meet the needs of LGBT identified Jews; enhancing access to resources forcommunity members; empowerment, leadership development, fostering engagement and reducing barriers toinvolvement for LGBT Jews in the Jewish Community Federation and throughout the Jewish community. Project FinanceAmount requested from JCF: Total over the term described below. (USD) $194,610Total amount of project or program budget: 25% of total cost.Please list your annual organization budget for the coming year (USD): $194,610 Page 2 of 8 LGBT Alliance Annual Grant Request | Jewish Community Federation
  • For which term do you intend this funding request to cover? (Unless other factors suggest otherwise, please listdates beginning with July 1 and ending with June 30.)Project Start Date: 07/01/2011Project End Date: 06/30/2012 Program DemographicsPlease list the issue area this grant will impact: Demographic InformationNumber of constituents that will be served by this program: Although 36,000 LGBT Jews live within the BayArea we estimate that 4,000 LGBT Jews are exposed to our grassroots media approaches.Please choose the primary age group(s) this program (or organization, if an operating support grant request)aims to serve. Age Groups:● Young Adults (21-45) ● Seniors (62+)● Adults (46 - 61) ● Youth (13-20Please choose the region(s) in which this program (or organization, if an operating support grant request)operates. Region(s) Served:● San Francisco County ● South Peninsula● Marin County ● Greater East Bay: Contra Costa County and● North Peninsula Alameda County● Sonoma County ● Israel Access to ParticipationDoes your program work directly with participants? YesIf yes, how do participants gain access to the program/services? In addition to traditional outreach efforts,Federations LGBT Alliance Director utilizes a variety of social media options directing attention to the resourcesthat Federation provides to the community. In the daily attention to multiple social media avenues the LGBTAlliance provides a constant stream of relevant/accessible information to where the LGBT Jewish communityresides online. The continual focus of these diverse social media avenues is to attract attention to the events andinformation listed at http://www.jewishfed.org/community/lgbt.Is there currently a limit on the number participants? No.If you do not directly serve participants, how do you track # of participants? Tracking participation is constantthrough the following actions:● Receiving written and verbal feedback from ● Tracking invitations for LGBT Alliance Director community partner organizations to speak at community events● Following the unique clicks and open rates to our ● Marking attendance at LGBT Alliance sponsored social media listings, website, blog and meetings and events registration sites Staffing InformationPlease state the total number of management staff for this program: 1FTE + .25 Department Support StaffShared FTE Page 3 of 8 LGBT Alliance Annual Grant Request | Jewish Community Federation
  • Section 1: Goals, Measurable Objectives, and Expected OutcomesPlease identify three measurable goals and objectives this project aims to achieve after the first year of funding Goal / Objective 1Implement recommendations of the LGBT Task Force, charged with evaluating the appropriate home for the LGBTAlliance and core aspects of its work, given the Jewish Community Federation’s strategic plan and alignment around3 primary functions: Strategic Investing; Capacity Building of Organizations and Synagogues; and CultivatingPhilanthropists and Leaders. The LGBT Task Force will make recommendations to the Jewish CommunityFederation Board of Trustees in May 2011. Three models are being considered: 1. Model 1. Status Quo – Keep the LGBT Alliance as structured within the Federation 2. Model 2. Keep Core Competencies at Federation / Spin-off Programming and Other Strategies 3. Model 3. Outsource all LGBT Coordination and Support Goal / Objective 2Build capacity of Jewish organizations and synagogues to be inclusive, welcoming and supportive of the needs ofthe LGBT Jewish community and strengthen LGBT-Centric organizations. There are significant unmet needs withinthe Jewish LGBT Community, which inhibit the full participation in Jewish life of the more than 36,000 LGBT Jewswithin JCF’s service area. The needs, and the opportunities to address them, were identified in The LGBT Studyand the LGBT Alliance Strategic Plan, both completed in 2010. LGBT Alliance and its Director provide expertiseand serve as a resource to the entire community in order to enhance understanding of the needs of the LGBTcommunity, advocate for inclusion, incubate programs and promote best practices to engage LGBT Jews, provideresources that facilitate participation of LGBT Jews in the community, and train LGBT leaders to assume leadershiproles within a cross-section of community organizations. Goal / Objective 3Outreach to increase engagement of LGBT Jews in the Jewish community. Targeted programming to reachunaffiliated LGBT Jews and create portals of entry into Jewish life. For those already connected, providecompelling opportunities to increase participation, foster engagement with Israel, and cultivate LGBT leaders andphilanthropists. Continue to serve as a central access point and information channel to help LGBT Jews connect toexisting programs and institutions of the community, providing connection through effective use of social media andup-to-date website content and resources. Deliverable Outcomes● Bay Area Jewish organizations will have the tools to be inclusive and welcoming, and meet the needs of LGBT Jews, and the gap in awareness and engagement between LGBT Jews and the broader Jewish community is narrowed.● LGBT Jews feel more connected to each other and the Jewish community.● The LGBT-centric Jewish organizations in the community will be strengthened.● An increased number of LGBT Jews will engage in Jewish community organizations, Israel related programs, community events and travel to Israel.● Federation will be recognized by Bay Area Jewish communal professionals as a reliable resource on LGBT issues.● Emerging leaders see clearer pathways for their leadership within the Jewish community and an increasing numbers of LGBT leaders serve on the boards of Jewish Bay Area organizations.● Online content advanced for the needs of Bay Area LGBT Jewish connection with the Jewish community. Page 4 of 8 LGBT Alliance Annual Grant Request | Jewish Community Federation
  • Measurable Outcomes● Tracking the online participation sources and avenues most travelled from our website, open rates of e- newsletters, Twitter links, Facebook followers, LinkedIn Connections, and blog hits.● Tracking participation in events and programs (those offered directly as well as those co-sponsored by LGBT Alliance).● Survey of LGBT participants in engagement, philanthropic education or leadership development programs.● Feedback from community organizations that participate in capacity building activities and who receive direct consultation from LGBT Alliance Director.● Increased participation of LGBT members in JCF philanthropic programs and giving opportunities.● Number of LGBT members recruited to or placed in community leadership positions. Section 2: Strategy and ActivitiesDescribe the specific program or service(s) that take place. Activities must clearly support the goals, objectives, andexpected outcomes identified in the previous question. Execution of the following Strategies and Activities forObjectives 2 and 3 will be determined by the outcomes of the Jewish Community Federation’s Task Force,described above. Objective 1: Implement Recommendations of LGBT Alliance Task Force1. Realign work of LGBT Alliance in accordance with the recommendations of the task force, which may mean outsourcing aspects of the program and function to other agencies and programs.2. Oversee effective implementation of changes, and ensure clear and transparent communication to the community. Objective 2: Build capacity of Jewish organizations and synagogues to be inclusive, welcoming and supportive of the needs of the LGBT Jewish community and strengthen LGBT-Centric organizations.1. Develop 4-6 community convening’s around key topics of Jewish/LGBT inclusion for synagogues, JCCs, schools, Hillel’s and other community organizations.2. Work in partnership with Keshet and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav to provide consultation and training directly to organizations to support LGBT inclusion in the mainstream Jewish community.3. LGBT Alliance Director to serve as a speaker and resource at community events and programs.4. Provide subsidies and scholarship assistance for LBGT Jews to attend programs and conferences in the Jewish community, where cost is a barrier to their participation (for example: Hazon food conference, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center Grief and Growing)5. Present ideas and resources to families and community groups to celebrate in a low-barrier and relevant way both LGBT and Jewish holidays http://www.jewishfed.org/community/page/celebrate-holidays Objective 3: Outreach to increase engagement of LGBT Jews in the Jewish community.1. Keep the community informed and engaged through effective use of social media, e-newsletter and effective website content. Develop further online opportunities and tools to increase website visits (and subsequent stays) to the Federation’s LGBT Alliance pages. Drawing LGBT Jews to the populated Federation LGBT Alliance pages via a constant stream of social media avenues http://www.jewishfed.org/community/lgbt we then Page 5 of 8 LGBT Alliance Annual Grant Request | Jewish Community Federation
  • leveraged partnerships and resources focused on the intersection of Jewish and LGBT based identities to welcome Bay Area LGBT Jewish newcomers http://www.jewishfed.org/community/page/newcomers2. Offer targeted programs, primarily in partnership with other community organizations, to engage LGBT Jews. Examples include: Annual LGBT Hannukah Party, Fun with Faygelahs.3. Partner with A Wider Bridge on Bay area events that promote greater engagement of LGBT Jews with Israel.4. Collaborate with Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and Nehirim to ensure that LGBT Jews seeking access to Jewish worship, adult and children’s education and holiday celebration in an LGBT-centric setting are encouraged to find community.5. Offer series of 3-5 programs on topics related to philanthropy, leadership, Jewish identity and Jewish community, modeled after YAD Club Fed or Young Funders Forum, for the purpose of strengthening participation of LGBT Jews in philanthropy and leadership.6. Recruit and engage LGBT community members in ongoing leadership programs, such as Wexner and Hartman, and work in a targeted way with agencies and synagogues to include LGBT leaders on boards of directors.7. Continue the subsidized scholarship program to augment all of our Federation financial assistance options to address issues of affordability for the LGBT community http://www.jewishfed.org/LGBTScholarship ResultsIdentify results that best showcase your program or organizations major accomplishments from November2009 to the present. This response can cover aspects such as operations, management, governance, programimplementation, service delivery, financial management, and awards or recognition.● 1,500 Twitter followers http://www.twitter.com/JewishLGBT (2500+ distinct tweets)● 450 Facebook followers http://www.facebook.com/lgbtalliance● 500 LinkedIn Connections http://www.linkedin.com● Creation of qjew blog http://www.qjew.wordpress.com; 76 blog posts with 3,000+ unique visits.● 250+ attendees at Federations Annual LGBT Hanukkah party hosted and paid for by Jonathan Adler on World AIDS Day http://qjew.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/party● Co-sponsorship of events related to Israel, including two LGBT-specific events with A Wider Bridge, and the month long Out in Israel festival co-sponsored with the Israeli Consulate and many other organizations.● LGBT Alliance Director invited as a guest of the Israeli Government to participate in diplomacy training in Israel, July 2010; represented Bay Area community in Jerusalem Pride demonstration; created blog and presented about experience to JCF groups upon return. http://qjew.wordpress.com/tag/israel● LGBT Alliance Director was the keynote speaker at two National University-level student leadership conferences , presenting on tools to breaking through barriers and how the work of the Federations’ LGBT Alliance works towards social change in the Jewish community. http://qjew.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/breaking-barriers/● 12 gatherings of Kol Tzedek, a network of LGBT professionals co-created and hosted monthly by LGBT Director Lisa Finkelstein● Hosted community-wide meeting of 10 Jewish agencies with Director of Keshet (a Boston-based organization working for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews in Jewish life)● Took action in Bay Area community to educate on the dangers of bullying and recruit participation in an anti- bullying pledge throughout the Jewish community http://www.jewishfed.org/community/page/bullying● LGBT Alliance members and Director participated in JCRC’s Year of Civil Discourse, in an effort to overcome divisiveness and find common ground for support of Israel in the LGBT community. Substantive ChallengesReport any substantive challenges or issues encountered (e.g., operational, management, governance,programmatic, or financial) that significantly affected your organization since you last reported on grantactivities in November 2009. Include an analysis of how the organization responded or is currentlyresponding to the substantive challenges or issues. Page 6 of 8 LGBT Alliance Annual Grant Request | Jewish Community Federation
  • The LGBT Alliance was moved in July 2010 to the JCF Development Department, which called for a re-alignmentof focus in some areas in order to operate within this department. Divisiveness in the LGBT community on issuesrelating to Israel and criticism of the Federation’s policies (continued fall-out from the Jewish Film Festivalincident) also hampered the LGBT Alliance’s positioning in the community. We have worked very hard in the pastyear to rebuild trust and overcome this issue, and have seen great success as evident in participation in programs andonline communication. These challenges, coupled more recently with concerns about the future of the LGBTAlliance given the Federation’s strategic plan and work on Task Force to evaluate LGBT Alliance, has directedattention away from some of the priorities outlined for this year (including leadership development and cultivationof giving). ChangesState two to three major changes that you plan to implement under this grant in 2011-2012. This responsecan cover aspects that fall under general operation support or specific program implementation and servicedelivery. As described in previous sections, we anticipate significant change to the LGBT Alliance in 2011-2012, based on the outcome of the Task Force and recommendations to the JCF Board of Trustees. Collaborative PartnersWhat program or service collaborative partners will your grant include? If you have collaborated with themin the past, please describe how that worked and how long you have partnered with them.The core outline of the Federations LGBT Alliance is collaboration. Simply stated, no program or outreach projectexists without the collaboration, input and/or co-sponsorship of many of the Jewish organizations locally andnationally. The groups the LGBT Alliance worked closest within the past 12 months are: ● A Wider Bridge ● Temple Beth Sholom ● Keshet ● Federation of the Greater East Bay ● Nehirim and National Union of Jewish ● Federations Israel Center LGBTIQQ Students (NUJLS) ● Congregation Shaar Zahav ● JQ International ● Camp Tawonga ● Jpride ● Chochmat HaLev ● The Jeff Herman Virtual Resource Center at ● Congregation Shomrei Torah Hebrew Union College ● Consulate General of Israel ● Atlantas Mercas Keshet ● Contemporary Jewish Museum ● World Congress for GLBT Jews ● Jewish Community Center of San Francisco ● Jerusalem Open House ● Hillel at Stanfords Jewish Queers (JQ) ● Congregation Beit Simchat Torah ● Jewish Vocational Services Transgender ● Teen and Israel Education Initiatives of the Economic Empowerment Initiative (TEEI) Bureau of Jewish Education ● San Francisco Jewish Film Festival ● Jewish Community Federation of Palm ● Upstart Bay Area Springs GLBT Affinity Group ● Jewish Community Relations Council ● The Agudah with Israel Gay Youth (JCRC) Organization (IGY) ● Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (BAJHC) ● Jewish Federation of Tuscons Inclusion ● Hazon Project ● Bechol Lashon Page 7 of 8 LGBT Alliance Annual Grant Request | Jewish Community Federation
  • Section 3: Evaluation and Technical AssistanceWhat types of expertise and skill sets you would welcome from the JCF in order to most effectivelyimplement your grant? (i.e., finance, planning, program evaluation, board development, leadershipdevelopment, fund development, IT or others)Finance, program implementation, program evaluation, board development, leadership development, funddevelopment, IT, marketing, staff training, and collaboration with outreach efforts. Page 8 of 8 LGBT Alliance Annual Grant Request | Jewish Community Federation