Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado (Federation) and Colorado Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) have signed an agreement to form a strategic alliance. Signed on Friday, June 7, 2013, this innovative agreement saves community dollars and offers a sustainability model for future agency collaboration. Each agency will continue to pursue its core competency: Federation in financial and human resource development and CAJE in educational programming. As partners, Federation will provide the funding and resource development for CAJE and will then help to market the CAJE programs, including Israel Study Tour (IST), the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, and other programs. CAJE will continue to run and manage its individual programs and collect tuition dollars, but will no longer engage in its own fundraising activities, instead directing donors and resources through Federation.
The alliance also creates financial efficiencies while allowing each organization to remain an independent 501(c)(3) and retain its respective board, leadership, organization name and all related branding.
This groundbreaking partnership allows us to focus on what we do best – creating life changing educational programming for the Colorado Jewish community,” said Phyllis Adler, interim executive director of CAJE. “This year we are sending 59 students on our IST program, and we hope to increase that number next year. The ability to focus solely on our programs will be instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals for each program.”
Doug Seserman, President and CEO of Federation, noted:
Through the efficiencies in this agreement, CAJE is able reduce overhead and focus on enhancing the quality programming they provide to the Jewish Community. In fact, CAJE’s budget is the most efficient it’s been in 15 years – and is 50% less than its historic high. We are eager to work closely with other agencies and organizations in our Colorado Jewish community with this same spirit of collaboration and creativity.”
For almost 40 years, CAJE has supported preschoolers, teens, adults, and seniors in the Colorado community, regardless of affiliation or observance level. Today, CAJE continues its variety of innovative and dynamic Jewish programming including: Israel Study Tour, teen education, adult education, including the Florence Melton Adult Mini School, and early childhood education. For more information, visit us at www.caje-co.org
About Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado
Founded in 1946, the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado’s mission is to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel and around the world. As a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America, which is among the top ten charities in North America, Federation raises and allocates funds to a wide variety of partner agencies and organizations in Colorado, Israel and in more than 60 countries worldwide. Last year, Federation’s annual campaign raised $10.1 million. Federation’s endowment arm, the Jewish Community Foundation, houses more than $40 million in long-term assets for individuals, agencies and synagogues in the community. For more information, visit us at www.ajfcolorado.org.
About Reimagining Federation
Strategic alliances are the first of several changes to roll out this fall with the new Reimagined Federation. By creating strategic alliances with agencies like CAJE, the new Federation model will be able to provide best-in-class programming for the community and streamline financial resource development.