How Does Federation Work?

The Savannah Jewish Federation, through its governance structure, ensures that this central communal organization is as inclusive as possible, volunteer driven, and able to identify and respond to community, national and international needs in an organized, financially-accountable manner.


Policy, direction, and governance of the Federation, Endowment, and all Federation departments are the responsibility of groups of volunteers. Governance is organized at different levels:

  • Federation Officers
  • Federation Board of Directors
  • Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Committees & Committee Chairs


Because this is a volunteer-driven enterprise, one of the key roles in governance is performed by a volunteer Nominations Committee. Comprised of many of the community’s most experienced volunteers, the Committee is responsible for identifying the most appropriate volunteers to serve as Federation Directors and officers.

The Federation Board of Governors is the broadest and most inclusive body of representatives in the organized Jewish community, with almost every formal organized Jewish constituency in our community represented.


The Board of Governors meets at least eight times a year to set policy in respect to all matters, including planning and allocations, fundraising, Israel advocacy and social services.


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