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Minneapolis Federation raises $20 million

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The Minneapolis Jewish Federation raised a total of $20,380,850 to change lives, strengthen the Jewish community and make the world a better place — an increase of $2.7 million over last year.

The Community Campaign, which concluded July 22, raised $10,760,56 — an increase of $126,194 over 2014. More than $9 million came in through planned giving and endowments, and more than $537,000 was raised for special initiatives. Nearly 4,900 donors passionate about Jewish community contributed during this year.

“As 2015 Community Campaign Chairs, we are thrilled,” Todd Leonard, on behalf of himself and his wife, Beth Kieffer Leonard, said in a press release.

“These critical dollars will improve, strengthen and transform Jewish lives around the globe,” Kieffer Leonard added. “We couldn’t be more proud of our community. Together, with our donors, partner agencies, and volunteers, we are doing great work.”

A gift to the Minneapolis Jewish Federation goes beyond funding any single organization or building — it helps map out the programs and services that strengthen and enrich Jewish life here in Minneapolis and around the world. Federation professionals and volunteers from the community spend thousands of hours annually determining the menu of needs in our local and global Jewish community. Needs range from social services and Jewish education to community security and Jewish arts and culture.

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