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As Maimonides wrote, "Even a poor person who lives entirely on tzedakah must also give tzedakah to another." (Mishnah Torah Chapter 7, Line 5)



Maimonides on Charity, Tzedakah, Righteousness, and Justice...

The RaMBaM, or Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, or Maimonides was raised in the town of Cordoba, in Moslem Spain in the 12th Century of the Common Era. In 1148, the city was conquered by the Almohads, a Moslem group which sought to convert all residents to traditional Islam. The family fled and settled in Fez, Morocco several years later, where Moshe studied Jewish law and Moslem medicine. The family then moved to what is now Cairo, Egypt (Fostat). It was in Egypt that Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, who was supported by his brother David, completed his Misheh Torah, 14 volumes of Codes of Jewish Law. David drowned during a business trip to India, devastating the family. Moshe therefore became a physician to support the extended family. He died in 1204 and is buried in Tiberias.

Among the Rambam's works was a treatise on Tzedakah

The Rambam identified EIGHT Levels of Charity, or doing justice. They are:

1. A person gives but is not happy when s/he digs into the pocket in order to give.

2. A person gives cheerfully, but gives less than s/he should.

3. A person gives, but only when asked by a poor person.

4. A person gives without having to be asked, but gives directly to the poor. The poor person knows he gave the help, and the giver knows who was benefited

5. A person gives a donation in a certain place, but walks away so that the giver does not know who received the benefit. The poor person knows the giver however.

6. A person makes a donation to a poor person secretly. The giver knows who was benefited, but the poor person does not know who the giver was.

7. A person contributes anonymously to the tzedakah fund which is then distributed to the poor.

8. The highest level of charity is to give money and help to prevent another person from becoming poor. For example, teaching a person a trade, finding them a job, lending money, teaching them to fish.



LINKS TO CHARITIES

COMMUNITY AND ISRAEL CHARITIES

United Jewish Communities (formerly UJA)

New Israel Fund

USA Jewish Federations

United Jewish Appeal (before name change)

Joint Distribution Committee/ HIAS / Rescue


HUNGER AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

American Jewish World Service

Aleph Prisoner Relief

Hebrew Free Loan Society

Hebrew Free Burial Society

Dorot - NY

MAZON - A Jewish Response to Hunger

Lifeline for the Old in Israel / Yad Lakashish

Project Ezra in NYC

Project EZRA

YOUTH, COMMUNITY AND NATIONAL ISSUE GROUPS

Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps
Avodah, 443 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016, Attn.: Rabbi David Rosenn, 212-545-7759, fax: 686-1353

National Jewish Center for Literacy

American Jewish Committee

American Jewish Congress

B'nai Brith

Anti Defamation League of B'nai Brith

Hadassah

Naamat

Jewish War Veterans

JCRC - Jewish Community Relations Council

Jewish Equality and Justice

Jewish Scouting

ORT

American Jewish Family and Childrens Agencies

Children's Mitzvah Network

The Giraffe Project - Stick Your Neck Out !

BottomLess Closet

Locks of Love - Wigs for needy bald kids


OTHER

Kavod Tzedakah Collective

Ziv Tzedakah Collective - Danny Siegal's

Shefa Fund (Philadelphia)

Hatzolah, the ambulance people

Jewish National Fund, the tree and dam people

Bronfman.org, the trip to israel people

Abraham Fund people

Peace Now

Greenpeace

Oxfam famine relief

Amnesty International

Gods Love, We Deliver

Tzvi Aryeh Aids Foundation

Tomchei Shabbos Food Bank

The Alternative Spring Break

Habitat for Humanity


HEALTH

Jewish Guild for the Blind, 15 West 65 Street, New York NY 10023, Telephone: (212) 769-6200. DID you know that the leading cause of blindness among Jewish men and women over the age of sixty is Macular Degeneration, for which there is no known cure.

Canavan Foundation

Fanconi Anemia

Gaucher Disease

United Leukodystrophy

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association

Late Tay Sachs Onset Foundation

MPS - Muclolipiosis

Dystonia Med Research Foundation

Dystonia & Parkinsons / Bachman-Strauss

National Foundation for Jewish Genetic Diseases, 250 Park Ave #1000, NYC 10177

National Niemann-Pick Foundation, 3734 East Olive Avenue, Gilbert AZ 85234


FURTHER STUDY

The site for all Not for profit managers

Tzedakah FAQ

Tzedakah Economics

Kindness


JUST-TZEDAKAH.ORG - a fabulous site that everyone should visit before making a contribution to any Jewish group !! Excellent graphs that show the percentage spent on fund-raising. For example, did you know that The Eldridge Street Project spends 30% of its funds on fund-raising (not including Admin), Maccabi USA spent 30% on fundraising and 20% on salaries, or Hadassah spends 6% on fundraising, AF of Hebrew U spends 12%, Hillel 16%, Jewish Fund for Justice 14%, Wiesenthal 13%, Mazon 9%, NIF 9%, ZOA 9% (but over 35% on Admin).....yee-ha


GUIDESTAR.org is a charity watchdog that maintains an online database of over 150,000 U.S. Charities and their IRS 990 forms which can inform you how much of your contribution goes into the leaders' pockets.... I mean, wouldn't you like to know if those donated cars actually get driven around by the charity's leaders??


Who Says There is No Business Like the Fund Raising Business??
According the the Chronicle of Philanthropy (9/23/99), salaries of top fund raising professionals are as follows:

Stephen Solender, UJA/Fed of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, $327K
Darrell Friedman, Associated JCF of Baltimore, $307K
Steven Nasatir, JF / JUF of Greater Chicagoland, $279K
Robert Aronson, UJF/Fed of Metro Motown Detroit, $251K
Howard Charish, JF of Greater Phillie, $250K
John Fishel, JFC of Greater LA, $247K
Jacob Solomon, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, $240K
Stephen Hoffman, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, $229K
Wayne Feinstein, JCF of San Fran, and environs, $225K
Jeffrey Klein, JF of Palm Beach County, $220K
Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, $213K
David Samat, JF of Greater Atlanta, $195K
Ted Farber, JF of Greater Washington DC, $185K
Max Kleinman, UJF of MetroWest NJ, $183K
Spencer Gellert, JF of South Palm Beach County, $182K

Speaking of Jewish charities in the USA, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of the top 400 Charities in the USA (November 4, 1999), 27 of the top 400 are "Jewish". Among them are:

#44, UJA-Federation of New York, with about $157 million in new funds, and total income of $202.6 million
#55, Jewish Communal Fund of the UJA Fed of NY (Total income of $168 million)
#133, Hadassah (Women's Zionist Organization of America), $74 million.
#224, The American Society for Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology.
#236. Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles.
#264, American Friends of the Hebrew University
#334, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, $32 million
#347, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America
#351, P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
#359, the American Jewish Committee

As for the leaders.....
RANK; NAME; TOTAL PRIVATE$$ 98; AMT SPENT ON FUNDRAISING AS A % OF PRIVATE$$

1. The Salvation Army (all those Santas) $1.2 BILLION, 6.3% used on fundraising
2. YMCA of USA (Chicago), $629 Million, 7.6%
3. Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund, $572 million, under 1%
4. The American Cancer Society $556.2-million, 19.9% on fundraising
5. The American Red Cross $543.3-million, 13.5%
6. Harvard University $462.8-million, 8.5%
7. Catholic Charities USA, $446.3-million, 4.7%
8. Boys & Girls Clubs of America $430.7-million, 6.9%
9. Emory University $423-million, 2.3%
10. America's Second Harvest $392.4-million (but in food donations), 0.2% (but skewed due to food value)


11. American Heart Association, $325.9 Million, 14.6%
12. Stanford University, $312 Million, 8%
13. World Vision, $297 Million, 13.3%
14. Nature Conservancy, $289 Million, 11.6%
15. Gifts in Kind International, $288 Million, 0%
16. Partners HealthCare System, $277 Million, n/a%
17. Boy Scouts of America, $269 Million, 14.3%
18. Columbia University, $267 Million, 3.7%
19. Campus Crusade for Christ Intnl, $264 Million, 8.5%
20. Duke University, $254 Million, 7.8%

21. Cornell University, $253 Million, 7.8%
22. Shriners Hospitals for Children, $249 Million, 1.0%
23. Habitat for Humanity, $233 Million, 11.2%
24. University of Wisconsin, $230 Million, 2.0%
25. Public Broadcasting Service, $224.9 Million, 0.2%

28. St Judes Childrens Hospitals, $213 Million, 16.3%
29. Larry Jones Intnl Ministies/Feed the Children, $201 Million, 6.5%

31, Americares, $196 Million, 1.5%
41, Goodwill Industries, $166 Million, 4.3%
43, Lutheran Services of America, $159 Million, 17.6%

44, UJA-Federation of New York, $156.9 Million, 14.3%

45, YWCA of USA, $156 Million, 7.4%
49, US Committee for UNICEF, $148 Million, 6%
54, Planned Parenthood Fed of Amer., $139 Million, 20%
55, Jewish Communal Fund (NY), $137 Million, 0.1%
56, American Lung Association, $136 Million, 14.9%
57, Trinity Broadcasting, $135 Million, 9.9%
66, Feed the Poor, $124.7 Million, 6.3%
70. United Negro College Fund, $122 million (up 58%), 9.5%
72, Big Brothers Big Sisters, $121 Million, 9.5%
79, Christian Broadcasting Network, $110 Million, 18.8%
79, WGBH TV (Boston), $108 Million, 10.9%
90, Wycliffe Bible Traslators, $97 Million, 4.7% Who knew?
91, Metropolitan Museum of Art, $95 Million, 5.5%

92, Jewish Federation of Chicago, $95 Million, 7.3%

103, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, $88 Million, 6.4%
105, Covenant House, $85 Million, 21.4%
107, WNET/Educ. TV (NYC), $84 Million, 18.3% (all those pledge drives)
124, Father Flanagan Boys Town, $76 Million, 14.6%
133, Hadassah, $74 million, 7%
139, Jewish Community Fed or SF Area, $71 million, 3.5%
141, Alzheimers Disease...Assoc, $70 million, 18.4%
142, Ducks Unlimited, $69 million, 23%
155, Jewish Fed of Metro Detroit, $65 Million, 4%
160. City of Hope, $63.7 Million, 26.7%
165. Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, $61 Million, 5.2%

176. Combined Jewish Phil. Of Greater Boston, $57 Million, 8.2%

193. Yeshiva University, $53 Million, 12.9%

165. Save the Children, $50.8 Million, 31.7% WOW!!
208. CARE USA, $48.6 Million, 31.6% WOW ALSO

219. The Associated Jewish Comm. Fed of Baltimore, $44.7 Million, 7.8%
224. American Society for Technion, $44 Million, 15.3%
225. ADL of Bnai Brith, $43.9 Million, 22.2% Hmmmmmm
236. Jewish Federation of Gtr Los Angeles, $41.4 Million, 14.1%
238. Brandeis Univeristy, $41 Million, 19%
239. KCET TV, $40.9 Million, 23.4% (multiple pledge breaks)
242. Jewish Federation of Philadelphia, $39.8 Million, 11%

258. Promise Keepers, $36.5 Million, 16.2%
264. American Friends of Hebrew University, $36 Million, 18.5%
281. Jewish Federation of Atlanta, $34.4 Million, 5.6%
285. United Jewish Federation of MetroWest (NJ), $33.5 Million, 9.7%
297. American Committee for Weizmann Inst Sci, $31.8 Million, 20.2%
301. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, $31.2 Million, 16.2%
313. KQED TV, $29.9 Million, 30.8% WOW
315. Jewish National Fund, $29.9 Million, 35.8% EEEEK!
322. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, $29.3 Million, 26.3% No Biz like Shoah Biz
334. Jewish Federation of Greater Wash DC, $27.8 Million, 6.6%
347. Jewish Theological Seminary of America, $27 Million, 14.2%
351. PEF Israel Endowment Fund, $26.8 Million, 0%
357. Jewish Fed of South Palm Beach FL, $26.5 Million, 12.1%
358. Greater Miami Jewish Fed., $26.4 Million, 10%
359. American Jewish Committee, $26.4 Million, 10.3%
380. Amnesty International USA, $23.9 Million, 12.8%
384. Jewish Federation of Palm Beach Cnty FL., $23.7 Million, 10.1%
392. National Public Radio, $22.7 Million, 9.6%
400. Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, $22.2 Million, 14.7%
168. United Way of Tri-State NY, $60 Million, 6.5%
197. United Way of NYC, $51.7 Million, 21%
251. United Way of King County (Seattle)
357. The Seattle Symphony (No. 357), $26.6-million (Seattle is awash in stock options, baby)
80. Catholic Relief Services, (they raised $21 million just for Hurricane Mitch relief)
389. The Bible League, $23-million
131, United Way of Central Indiana
102, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas



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