March 7, 2008
Federation’s Stanley Gold slashes board size, reorganizes
(Page 2 - Previous Page)To be sure, Gold has said The Federation will no longer provide audits or write the payroll for its beneficiary agencies, and it will stop providing rent subsidies.
"No one is going to be forced out of the building; they are going to have to pay rent in the building. If they want out, the choice is theirs," Gold said. "We are going to do programming, we are going to support programming, and they will have to be begin to pay for some of their stuff. Otherwise, we are being too paternalistic."
Agencies already no longer receive anywhere near the majority of their annual budget from The Federation. Many have been receiving between 5 percent and 15 percent of it, much of which has come through subsidies. Now agency heads are waiting to find out what kind of support they'll get in the coming fiscal year.
"It's up in the air because no one has any idea of how the actual distribution is going to occur. I really think they haven't thought out the whole formula," said Mark Meltzer, Jewish Free Loan Association's executive director. "We're all waiting for the other shoe to drop, in terms of finding out what is going to happen in the future."
Gold said that his priority now that the bylaws have been amended is to meet with particular agencies to explain what's next. A few months ago, Fishel, The Federation's professional leader since 1992, made a similar effort, gathering the agency leaders together and laying out the coming changes. At the meeting, Fishel said that every few decades, Los Angeles' umbrella Jewish organization has gone through a massive shift, out of which it has emerged stronger and more efficient.
"I hope that with the change in generation, The Federation will become a better community leader," Feldman said. "And if The Federation becomes stronger, the agencies will become stronger. That is just how the chemistry works."
Education Editor Julie Gruenbaum Fax contributed to this report.
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