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What We Fund

Community Investments

Each year, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis works with our volunteer and professional community leadership to assess the needs of our community and establish strategic plans to sustain our vibrant Jewish ecosystem. Through our partnerships with thousands of donors, we then raise funds to meet those needs. Our volunteers then lead a community investment process to get those funds working to fulfill our mission through agencies, congregations, organizations, and programs. Our team then evaluates those investments based on the impact they are having here in St. Louis, in Israel and wherever there is a need. This community impact and philanthropy work has been done since our inception in 1901 and remains the core of our work.

Review 2019 Community Investments (January-December 2019) here.


Letter of Intent

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is proud to share that we have initiated a Letter of Intent (LOI) process to assist our communal institutions in the Community Investment process. Federation is looking to invest in projects, programs, and initiatives that will strengthen our Jewish community by addressing Federation’s priority areas. To learn more about our LOIs and to submit one, please click here.

Community Investment Opportunities

We have many funding opportunities available to nonprofit organizations and types of support available to individual community members. 

Learn more about our Community Investment Opportunities

Sources of Funds

Data from the 2017 Annual Report


Planning & Allocations/Transition Committee

NOTE: All names are in alphabetical order by last name.

Committee Chair: Greg Yawitz
Committee Members: Dugie Baron, Shira Berkowitz, Dan Friedman, Burt Garland, Randy Green, JoAnne Levy, Emily Stein MacDonald, Craig Rosenthal, Sue Schlichter, Sherry Shuman, Les Sterman, Tim Stern, and Rob Wasserman


Mindee Fredman, Vice President, Community Impact
Nikki Weinstein, Director, Community Assessment & Planning
Emily Bornstein, Director, Community Investment & Evaluation
Lori Kabrun-Berry, Senior Associate, Community Impact
Nava Kantor, Associate, Community Impact
Colleen Doyle, Resource Assistant

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