The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation (BJCF) was founded in 1995 with a mission to create “a gathering place where Jewish life will flourish.”
Early in the BJCF’s history, we:
- acquired facilities for a Jewish preschool (1996),
- acquired a much larger facility for the Boulder Jewish Community Center (1999),
- raised $1 million for an endowment to support future operational (space) needs of the Boulder Jewish community, with the support of the Rose Community Foundation and the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado(2002), and
- spun off the Boulder Jewish Community Center into an independent non-profit organization (2005).
More recently, we have been expanding our support to many local Jewish charities. Earlier this week, 2010 grants were made to 17 organizations (see list below) providing services within Boulder County.
Since the organization currently has no employees and all work (including annual tax preparations) is performed on a volunteer basis, all funds available for allocation (100%) are distributed to community organizations. Overhead fees are absent!
BJCF has recently launched Grassroots Jewish Boulder to solicit individual donations and make additional grants in support of Jewish causes that may be too small or otherwise not qualify for funding from other community foundations or organizations. These donations may support “out of the box” types of projects, such as:
- Scholarships for Jewish communal professionals to attend conferences.
- Purchase of study materials for Chavurot.
- Underwriting of small community and fundraising events.
The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. If you’re interested in supporting additional activities of the BJCF and Jewish life in the greater Boulder area, contact BoulderJewish@gmail.com.
Organizations receiving 2010 grants include:
- 9 Health Fair @ Boulder JCC
- Anti-Defamation League
- Boulder Hebrew High/CAJE
- Boulder JCC
- Boulder JCC Preschool
- Boulder Jewish Day School
- Boulder Jewish Festival
- Boulder Jewish News
- Chabad Center of Longmont
- Congregation Bonai Shalom
- Congregation Har Hashem
- Jewish Family Services
- Kehillath Aish Kodesh
- Lubavitch of Boulder County
- Nevei Kodesh
- Stepping Stones