The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties Funding Guidelines

The Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism supports these guidelines and urges all major Orange County Jewish Organizations to adopt these or similar funding guidelines:

JCF Policy on Israel-Related Programming by its Grantees

The Jewish Community Federation’s (JCF’s) core values include an abiding commitment to a secure Jewish community here and abroad, to the strong democratic Jewish State of Israel, and to mutual respect and diversity within Jewish life.   Consistent with its core values, the JCF funds a full spectrum of organizations that sustain and grow our community through pluralistic expressions and wide-ranging perspectives that affirm a broad and inclusive tent vital to a strong and dynamic Jewish community.  This policy applies only to the grantor-grantee relationship between the JCF and other entities.

The JCF does not fund organizations that through their mission, activities or partnerships:

  1. endorse or promote anti-Semitism, other forms of bigotry, violence or other extremist views;
  2. actively seek to proselytize Jews away from Judaism; or
  3. advocate for, or endorse, undermining the legitimacy of Israel as a secure independent, democratic Jewish state, including through  participation in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, in whole or in part.

These principles also apply to grants from the JCF’s Endowment Fund.

In order to be eligible for funding, organizations that engage in Israel-related programming are required to produce documentation such as their policies, procedures, guidelines, and mission statement that demonstrate consistency with the JCF’s core values or – in the absence of such documentation – to abide by this policy and to initiate a process to develop organizational guidelines, policies and procedures consistent with it.  There can be no uniform set of policies or procedures that is applicable to every organization.  Organizations are expected to adapt this policy to their unique circumstances.

This policy is not intended to discourage the presentation of a wide range of perspectives aimed at appealing to a broad cross-section of the community.    The JCF and our community are well-served by fostering diverse expressions through our cultural, educational, religious, social service and community relations institutions, and by promoting a strong commitment to civil discourse. Continue reading