A new partner in philanthropy: Jewish Federation Foundation

In 2018, the Jewish Federation Foundation formed a partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation and became a supporting organization.

It is an ambitious list: High-quality early childhood programs for infants and toddlers, nutritious meals for seniors, scholarships for Jewish Day School students, education about the Holocaust for students of history, relief for victims of natural disasters. But these are just a few of the far-reaching programs supported by the Jewish Federation Foundation (JFF).

Established in the 1960s as a committee of the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, today’s JFF has evolved through the years, most notably in 2011 when the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Center, and the Bureau of Jewish Education merged to become the Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island. That same year, the JFF became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In 2018, the JFF formed a partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation and became a supporting organization.

One thing that has not changed through the years is the commitment of JFF’s leaders to fulfill its mission “to support the work of the Jewish Alliance and to enhance the quality of Jewish life in the greater Rhode Island community and worldwide through educational, charitable, social service, cultural, religious, and recreational endeavors.”

“The (Jewish Federation) Foundation supports the legacy on which it was founded,” states Adam Greenman, president and CEO of the Jewish Alliance. “Max Alperin was key in setting this up for future generations. Sharon (Sharon Gaines, current chair of the JFF) and I see that our job is to build it up further for future generations of the Jewish community in Rhode Island. That’s why we wanted to partner with the Rhode Island Foundation.”

“We made a very conscious decision (to work with Rhode Island Foundation)."

- Sharon Gaines, chair, Jewish Federation Foundation

"It was important for us to stay in the local Rhode Island community and to have a fund that will protect our community beyond the annual campaign. Our primary mission always has been to provide support for Rhode Island’s Jewish community,” Sharon explains.

“The community really relies on this organization (the Jewish Alliance). We see ourselves as the Jewish cultural hub in Rhode Island, and we need to be able to evolve as community needs change,” Adam says, asking, “How do we create the community we want?” with Sharon adding, “And how do we get people to support that community?”

She continues, “We feel this partnership will allow us to benefit from the professionalism of the Rhode Island Foundation while also maintaining our Jewish values.”

Through the partnership, JFF will continue to provide personalized customer service and stewardship to its fund holders, “This endowment allows us, now and in the future, to build a stronger and more vibrant community in Rhode Island and around the world,” Adam concludes.