Nothing is as remote as the recent past. Since the Jewish Charity Guide was launched a quarter of a century ago the world has changed and the charity world has changed with it.
More than anything, technology has altered the way we all operate. In 1991, the fax machine was the height of modernity. Gradually more and more charities opted in to email addresses and dedicated web sites and now we are in thrall to Facebook and Twitter.

The growth of large charities (such as the creation of Jewish Care with the merger of the Jewish Welfare Board and the Jewish Blind Society in 1990, and Norwood with Ravenswood in 1996) has been balanced with the creation of smaller bodies with ever-more specific objectives. There has been more professionalism and at the same time the essential role of the volunteer has been redefined and strengthened.

The need for good publicity going hand in hand with fundraising efforts has been our guiding principle throughout this time. The Guide has played a significant part not only in raising awareness of Jewish charities – especially the smaller organizations with very limited resources – but also in assisting them to improve their finances, initially by stimulating legacies and more recently through our online Donate Button, which has become an immediate resource as well as a way of providing new support for the future.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with the hard-working and highly effective Anglo-Jewish voluntary sector well into the next quarter of this century and hope our readers will support them at the time they are needed most.

Sharon Graham and Alan Gold, Joint Editors


Please note: The editors accept no responsibility for any information supplied to them by individual charities about their work or charitable status, which is accepted in good faith, as are the opinions voiced by the authors of the articles featured at the front of the Guide. 

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