*Project Underway* Help Develop a Business Plan for JCC Harlem

The very successful JCC Manhattan has been encouraged to open a facility in Harlem in collaboration with UJA-Federation of NY. The current funding commitment is for two more years and the JCC needs to determine if there is a sustainable model for continued operation beyond the pilot.

Nonprofit: JCC Manhattan

The JCC was established as an important community organization in 1989 and moved into their current location on Amsterdam Avenue and 76th Street 15 years ago. It has a large and successful program creating opportunities for people to connect, grow and learn. They have a clear focus on Jewish communal life, and are also open to people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.
In January 2016 JCC Manhattan opened a new 2,000 square ft community space located on W. 118 in Central Harlem (JCC Harlem). The full funding for this community building initiative comes from UJA Federation NY. The current funding commitment extends for two more years (four years of committed UJA funding in total). This 1st year has seen incredible response from the community. Strong participation in programs, energy around community collaborations and great feedback on the thoughtful way in which the JCC has entered into this community. The JCC now needs to develop a mission centered, sustainable business model beyond this early development stage.

Project: The CP team will work with JCC management to consider program content, ongoing costs and potential revenues aimed at producing a business plan that will demonstrate that the Harlem facility will be sustainable beyond the funded pilot program.

It is of particular importance to the JCC that this project explores a business model that is financially sustainable while also considering the complex needs of the Harlem neighborhood. The work will include:

  • An analysis of programming ideas and likely audience
  • A pro forma expense budget
  • Possible sources of revenue
  • A multi year business plan and projected P&L


  • Kick-off meeting to be scheduled for October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm
  • Time commitment approximately 10-15 hours per month for 3-4 month
  • Questions? Contact Project Coordinator Richard C. Kane MBA ’68 richkane1@gmail.com