It’s always someone’s birthday!

Last year, a wonderful thing happened on the way to my birthday: I discovered Facebook fundraising.  My first-ever campaign raised nearly $1,000 in three weeks, and JCA used every donated dollar to sustain or expand senior services that urgently need them. 

Are you ready to join me?

The only prerequisites are that you yourself have a Facebook account.
Here are the how-to’s.
  1. Go to
  2. From the menu on the left-hand side of the page, click Fundraisers.
  3. Click Raise Money.
  4. Click Nonprofits.
  5. At the top of the Select Nonprofit page, type “Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington”.
  6. Then answer the few questions that Facebook asks. For example: How much money would you like to raise? (Not knowing what to say, I had declared $300, and then went way, way, way over goal.) When would you like the promotion end? It is generally a good idea for your friends and associates to have at least 2-3 weeks to give…or spread the word.
  7. Then, sit back. Facebook will let you know when each gift arrives so that you could say thanks. “The system,” however, whether it’s Network for Good on on behalf of Facebook or JCA itself will thank each donor “officially” and will provide the info necessary for him or her to claim a charitable deduction.
With gratitude and admiration,
David Gamse, JCA’s CEO