Guiding Principles for 2011-2013
Mission Statement (approved in 2002)
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington strives to create a vibrant and purposeful Jewish community through caring for those in need, deepening engagement in Jewish life, and strengthening the bonds among Jews in the Washington area, in Israel, and around the world.
In the spirit of tzedaka, Federation develops philanthropic resources, robust Jewish leadership, creative programmatic initiatives and partnerships to build and maintain a strong Jewish community locally and worldwide. Empowered by a sense of arevut (solidarity), tikkun olam (repair of the world), and gemilut hasadim (lovingkindness) and a drive for excellence, we work together with: our donors, volunteers, partner agencies and professionals to forge a meaningful Jewish present and future.
Together with our partner agencies, we have built highly effective organizations to serve our diverse and growing community, rescued and resettled millions of Jews worldwide and partnered in building and strengthening the State of Israel. Together, we have responded to crises large and small and been a lifeline to people who depend upon us every day.
In a world of dramatic change, we continue to be a dependable and stable anchor in the lives of thousands. People in need continue to depend on us, even as the world of philanthropy and the landscape of our community undergo dramatic changes. At the same time, we have to be responsive to changes in the world of philanthropy, technology and Jewish outreach. We have to adapt to these changes with focus, determination and demonstrated metrics. It is our responsibility to understand and adapt to these changes in ways that transcend the superficial and incremental. We must be willing to shift our work and our investments in equally dramatic ways, with determination and clarity of focus – and, we must hold ourselves publicly accountable to achieving measurable results. We need to be nimble in matching our fundraising efforts to the needs and dreams of our donors and stay fresh and relevant to those we serve as our global family extends its reach.
Simultaneously, we must create the conditions for our fundraising to grow to meet increasing needs. We hear frequently about the importance of being more personally relevant to donors. We are uniquely positioned to connect Jews with each other, here and across the world, as a global Jewish family. We aspire to create a caring and compassionate community underscored by the Jewish values and heritage that has kept us strong for thousands of years. To do so, we will work closely with donors as we help them fulfill their goals and objectives.
To fulfill our mission, prepare for our future and inspire our donors, we will follow 8 guiding principles for our work: