JF&CS Capital Drive Is Urgent

JF&CS Capital Drive Is Urgent

Michael Jacobs

Atlanta Jewish Times Editor Michael Jacobs is on his second stint leading the AJT's editorial operations. He previously served as managing editor from 2005 to 2008.

Jewish Family & Career Services has entered the final, public phase of its capital fundraising campaign to expand and improve its campus in Dunwoody next year.

JF&CS has raised about $5 million of its campaign goal of $5.1 million and, if it gets the additional $100,000, is on track to break ground in March for a project that will last nine to 12 months, agency CEO Rick Aranson said.

The problem for JF&CS is that construction and regulatory costs have risen during the capital campaign, so to build its original plans and deliver a first-class facility for staff and clients, the agency will need to raise $350,000 beyond the goal.

Because the project cost would go up about 1 percent for every month’s delay in the groundbreaking, construction will begin in March as long as the fundraising reaches $5.1 million. But if the total raised doesn’t quickly approach $5.5 million, Aranson said, the plans will be adjusted during the work to find the savings. That’s why the capital campaign involves some urgency.

What JF&CS will build.

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