The pledge from San Diego businessman Ernest Rady and his wife, Evelyn, includes a $3 million gift and $17 million in one-to-one matching funds in support of the $37 million campaign, which has raised $8 million to date. The foundation's gift is the largest ever to a Jewish community organization in San Diego. In addition to serving twenty-five thousand people of all faiths annually, JFS is one of only four refugee resettlement agencies in San Diego County, is the largest provider of senior transportation services in the county, and provides eighty thousand meals a year.
"During our one hundredth year, we honor the agency's history and notable accomplishments, but our main focus is on the next hundred years of service and how we can empower more San Diegans to overcome challenges, set goals, and build more stable, secure, and connected lives," said JFS chief executive Michael Hopkins. "We are incredibly grateful to the Radys for their significant and longtime support of JFS, including Evelyn's fifteen years as JFS's head of counseling and this generous matching donation. The community has begun to rally in support of the campaign."
"We are deeply committed to the long-term sustainability of Jewish Family Service because of the critical role it plays in the lives of tens of thousands of people of all faiths and backgrounds across San Diego County — and we challenge the community to join us in supporting this vital resource long into the future," said the Radys in a statement. "Together, we can make sure JFS never has to tell someone in need, 'We can't drive you to your doctor's appointment, or provide you with a hot meal, or offer counseling to get you through this rough patch,' because the agency doesn't have the necessary resources."