Donors trust Minneapolis Jewish Federation with their generous donations. We take this responsibility seriously — the process by which we set priorities and make funding decisions needs to be rigorous and transparent.
This diagram shows the parts of the process and how they work together:
The Board of Directors sets Federation’s vision and direction; receives and approves funding recommendations.
The Community Impact Steering Committee (CISC):
- interprets Board vision into guidance for committees;
- recommends rough split of funding across committees and into different types of funding;
- interacts with committees to identify community-wide needs and trends;
- combines all funding recommendations of committees into a comprehensive recommendation up to the Board.
The Committees on Caring Community, Jewish Identity & Engagement, Jewish Education and Overseas:
- interact directly with Community Partner agencies and programs;
- understand their strengths and needs;
- analyze funding applications and make recommendations on funding
- made up of volunteers with strong interest and experience in the area of work for that committee.
Important dates in the process:
- March 1: Application materials available for 2016-2017 grant year
- April 4: Letter of Inquiry due from new organizations seeking program funding
- April 20: All applications due
- May – June: Committees evaluate applications, ask for additional information where needed, and get further guidance from CISC
- End of June: Committees send recommendations to CISC; CISC reviews and pulls them into a single draft recommendation to the Board of Directors
- July: Board responds to draft recommendations; revision by Committees and CISC; final funding decisions July 20, 2016
- September 1, 2016: Grant year begins