The Jewish Leadership Council submit 2019 accounts

The Jewish Leadership Council has recently approved and filed its 2019 accounts.

Responding to the unprecedented events during the Covid-19 pandemic the JLC has:

  • Raised over £2m for 235 families facing financial hardship and 28 organisations protecting and providing for over 15,000 vulnerable people.
  • Delivered workshops and training sessions through our Leadership development division Lead for over 200 community leaders, including their first ever community professionals conference.
  • Provided coordination and capacity to local efforts through its Regional Directors e.g. External Affairs Manager in Manchester co-chairing meetings bringing together 28 organisations for unprecedented cross-communal cooperation. MPs, Metro Mayors, and senior Councillors joined meetings to hear directly from the community.

Highlights from 2019 shared in our accounts include:

  • Polling, media, and public affairs work responding to the unprecedented political situation ensuring concerns of our community understood widely throughout society.
  • Work to address strategic communal challenges through increased collaboration, including the Elderly Care Conference with 35 representatives from 20 Jewish care providers and support to the National Association of Jewish Care Homes.
  • Lead having record attendance at the Jewish Community Trustees Conference in June and providing comprehensive skills and knowledge development with over 60 emerging and senior communal leaders across the Adam Science, Dangoor Senior Leadership and newly launched Leading Jewishly programmes.
  • PaJeS welcomed 200 guests to the Jewish Schools Awards; established a Senior Leadership Fellowship programme; and developed and released advice to assist schools’ compliance with new Sex and Relationships Education guidance.
  • Reshet created the community’s first Safeguarding Hub and engaged 300+ professionals and trustees with Safeguarding in 2019, work commended by the Charity Commission and NSPCC. The ‘Beyond Ben-Gurion, Bamba and Bibi’ conference explored complex Israel Education with 200+ informal Jewish educators.

The JLC ended 2019 with a small deficit which was predominantly due to significant, unbudgeted and unforeseen additional unrestricted expenditure, as the final stages of the Independent Review in to Historical Allegations for the Charity Commission were reached. These included substantial legal and professional fees and an associated Governance Review.

Allowing for one-off donations for specific and significant events in 2018, the JLC's fundraised income has remained strong in 2019, with a total of £1.2m coming from over 45 donors, many of whom have renewed their support for the JLC in 2020. 

The Trustees have taken robust and effective action since the 2019 year end to improve the organisation’s financial position.  Following initial coordination and support for community fundraising responses to Covid-19, the JLC established a sub-committee of trustees to focus on fundraising for the organisation to enable its vital ongoing work.  Since this time, significant progress has been made recruiting fifteen new donors and securing over £125,000 of additional income to that initially budgeted for 2020.  The Trustees are confident and focused on the task ahead in securing the financial stability and sustainability of the organisation to continue to carry out its vital work.

Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council said:

“Claudia and Michelle's leadership and expertise continues to earn the trust and backing of major foundations, philanthropists, and the senior professional and lay leadership of our community. Their appointment and prudent plans for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 should see a return to the improved financial situation the JLC achieved in 2018.

“They have brought thoughtful and dedicated leadership to the JLC during the current crisis through the various initiatives we launched to support Jewish life across the UK. The JLC’s unique position in our community to enable partnership working and best practice will help our community recover. We hope to see communal institutions emerge with greater confidence and more effective cooperation.”