About NCJF

Funding and Support

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The National Center for Jewish Film is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization.

Federal & State

Since NCJF’s founding, the Center has received uninterrupted support from the National Endowment for the Arts (initially through the American Film Institute) to assist with the preservation of film materials. The National Endowment for the Humanities was an early supporter, awarding NCJF a Challenge Grant in 1984. At the state level, the Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded continuous operational support funding for more than thirty years, and in the 1980s (when such grants were available) a number of conservation grants for film preservation.

Foundations & Corporations

NCJF has received numerous grants from the National Film Preservation Foundation for the preservation of rare, “orphan” films.

Eastman Kodak Company has supported NCJF by donating film stock for the Center’s film restorations.

The Righteous Persons Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany have been generous supporters of NCJF. Annual allocations from Combined Jewish Philanthropies contributes to operating funds.

Supporters in the film industry and the film archive community have included Sony Pictures Entertainment, Loews Theaters, Orion Pictures, Universal Studios, Louis B. Mayer Foundation, Films Incorporated, Swank Motion Pictures, Northeast Historic Films, Janice Allen & Cinema Arts Inc, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Library of Congress.

Reel Funders

Individuals who contribute to the Center’s on-going Reel Funder campaign have provided invaluable support, help, and encouragement.

NCJF has received generous support from many individuals and family foundations, including substantial support from Henry & Edith Everett, Arnold & Ruth Picker, Rita & Stanley Kaplan, and Charles and Isa Rutenberg. Foundation supporters include: The Righteous Persons Foundation, Wellfleet Foundation, Kenneth Kolker Foundation, Koret Foundation, Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, S. H. & Helen R. Scheuer Family Foundation, Joseph & Rae Gann Foundation, Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.

2014 Annual Appeal Leadership Donors:
Jules Bernstein & Linda Lipsett, Reuben Auspitz & Dawn Good Elk, Gerry & Hila Feil, Susan & John Hodges, Eve & Stephen Milstein, Shirley Saunders, Alan & Jackie Luria, Harvey & Susan Sherzer, Ken & Leslie Zients Pucker, Scott D. Birnbaum, Charles Brophy, Rachel & Brent Dibner, Phyllis Hammer, Amy Mates & Billy Mencow, Eileen & Stephen Samuels, Simon Schama, Steve & Lenore Scheffer, Jane Scovell, David & Carol Mersky, Guy & Eveline Weyl, Steven & Carol Tannenbaum, Robert & Doris Gordon, Rebecca Rivo, Peter Banks, Herb Bloom & Wendy Fox, Miriam Cedarbaum, Daniel & Elizabeth Jick, Barbara & Alvin Krakow, Lynn & Jules Kroll, Joanne & Norman Matthews, Sue & Bernie Pucker, Jane Rabb, Carlos Reverendo & Fernando Leon, Vladimir & Lena Savikovsky, Ronald Weinger, Daniel Bernstein, Mona Golabek, Miriam Jost, Jon & Marcie Pucker, Denise & Gary Rosenberg, Evelyn & Bob Simha, David Weinstein, Donald Wertlieb & Lorre Beth Polinger, Stephen & Lee Whitfield, Len Saxe & Marion Gardner-Saxe, Alan & Susie Freeman, John Gillig, Elinor Z. Gordon, Michael & Annette Miller, George Reiss, Oscar & Margaret Rosenbloom, Boris & Irina Shrayer, Gerald &, Susan Slavet, Ann Treadwell, Robert Bernacchi, Gary Feigen, Judith Kostman, Ronald & Sandra Levy, Lia & Bill Poorvu, Richard & Ellen Seiden, Henry & Susan Shilling, Bucky Stein, Frances & Richard Winneg, Marty Zelnik, Ellen Ziskind, Kate & Josiah Auspitz, Richard & Helena Balon, Roz & Wally Bernheimer, Janet Buchwald & Joel Moskowitz, Jean C. Carrus, Jacob Goldberger, James Gould, Lynne & Mark Groban, David Israel, Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren, Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Deborah Dash Moore, Joel Rosenberg & Carol Tierney, Edie Rosenberg & Robert Gross, Amy & Rick Sands, Valya Shapiro, Marcia Torobin, Karen Tucker & Jerry Avorn, Elaine Werby, Walter & Arnee Winshall, Frank & Beverly Zweiman, Jeffry Kravitz, Pamela Berger, Eva Fogelman, Paul Mazursky, Theodore Bikel

Become a REEL FUNDER in 2015

Thousands of rare and endangered films with artistic and educational value relevant to the Jewish experience and exclusively owned by NCJF are in critical need of preservation. Without your help, these rapidly deteriorating moving images will fade into history. Donate funds. Donate films. Donate film stills, posters, scripts, and handbills. Contributions to The National Center for Jewish Film are tax-deductible.

Earned Income

NCJF relies on earned income to help sustain its unique work. NCJF activities include: licensing film footage rights to new film and theater productions and museum exhibitions; distributing films (more than 300 restored classics and new independent films) for public exhibition at film festivals and non-theatrical venues and for DVD sale to institutions and individuals; acting as a non-profit parent organization (fiscal sponsor) for new films in production. These activities also further NCJF’s mission, which includes making available to the widest possible audience films documenting the vibrancy and diversity of Jewish life.

In Kind Support - Brandeis University

Since its establishment in 1976, NCJF has been located on the campus of Brandeis University. Invited onto the campus by Brandeis President Marver Bernstein, NCJF has received in-kind support and encouragement from the University. NCJF collaborates closely with the University, its numerous departments, centers and institutes, especially the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies.


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