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October 23, 1987 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-10-23

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He said that the lay leaders
who invest these funds "even-
tually will deal" with the
stock ramifications. "We have
no plans to do anything other
than going on with our activi-
ty!' he said. He expressed
relief that the UJA-
Federation held major fund-
raising campaign functions
last week and two weeks ago,
and scheduled others for mid-
November and December.
Looking beyond next
month, he looked for the
economy to recover.
It's too early — and pro-
bably impossible — to assess
the damage to the $2 billion
held in philanthropic and en-
dowment funds of North
American Jewish federations,
according to George Kessler,
director of the endowment
department of the Council of
Jewish Federations, the um-
brella organization of North
American Jewish communal
federations. "There's no way
to quantify it, no way to prove
it," he explained.
If the market doesn't
recover, endowment giving
may be harmed, he noted,
with "the same impact on en-
dowment gifts as it would
have on annual campaigns."
Detroit's Federation has an
endowment fund of about $82
million. Federation officials
were unable to say how much
of that sum is invested in the
stock market, or how the
crash would affect the endow-
ment. "The majority (of the
fund) is not in stocks!' ex-
plained Gary Miller, Federa-
tion's director of finance and
administration. "We won't
know the effect until we close
our books at the end of the
month."
Miller predicted that the
endowment would not be
adversly affected by the
market collapse. "Our in-
vestments in stocks are well
diversified. Things that occur
in the short run don't affect
us much. We're not on the
phone calling brokers, going
`sell, sell, sell! "
"If anything, some of our
holdings are doing better,
because of the rising interest
rate," noted Martin Kraar,
Federation executive vice
president.
Kraar said he sees no short-
term cash-flow problems
among givers and expects no
late payments of contribu-
tions. "Right now things are
looking positive!'
"There are a lot of other fac-
tors here," CJF's George
Kessler explained. Citing
Jewish communities in oil-
producing areas, he said
"there are an awful lot of peo-
ple who are individually very
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