To obtain our approval, the applicant must first obtain and complete an application (available in English, Russian, and Hebrew). We have four types of applications – one for each of the most common reasons a person solicits funds. These include: Individual Need; Institutional Solicitation; Medical Need; and Hachnosas Kallah.
The completed application is submitted to the committee with supporting documents (letters of reference, other certificates, etc.). After a review of the documents, a committee member will personally speak with the appropriate people who know of the individual wishing to collect funds. (In America, Israel, etc.)
One of the references must be a personal Rav who is known to us personally or by reputation. For example, if a person is requesting to collect on behalf of an organization in Israel, we will make personal contact with a Rav to confirm that they know of the person and will also confirm the organization exists and that the person is authorized to collect on behalf of the organization. Without making personal contact with these references, we will not grant a certificate.
Once the applicant provides us with all the information we need, the process generally takes about one to two weeks. The process can take longer if we are awaiting information or are having trouble contacting the references.
The Teaneck-Bergenfield Tzedakah Committee screens individuals and organizations that wish to collect funds in our community. When appropriate, we give approvals s for those who present a valid need to collect. Our goal is to provide you with the ability to be able to give tzedakah with a happy heart and with the joy that accompanies giving and being in a position to be able to give.
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Update from the Teaneck-Bergenfield Tzedakah Committee: 02/21/2021 The Tzedakah office and our new website, www.tbtzedakah.org is open and available to you. It will provide you with information regarding the meshulachim that we have approved to collect in our community. Here is our updated process: We are not giving out paper teudot. You can ascertain our Read more about Update 02/21/2021[…]
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