Jewish communal fundraising has grown more sophisticated today than in the days of the kuppah, yet the principles remain the same. Individual commitment to the greater good of the community drives the federation system. Volunteers – women and men with passion for improving the conditions of Jews in their city and around the world – donate countless hours for the cause. These "lay leaders" determine community priorities and raise funds. Working with other members of the community through federation activities is a meaningful experience. Leaders in the Women's Division, for instance, are not only enormously effective policy makers and fundraisers, they also empower themselves, gain political clout, and nourish their Jewish spiritual needs. The Annual Campaign is the central fundraising mechanism of the federations. By writing a single check for the Annual Campaign, the donor both fulfills a religious duty and contributes to the well-being of the community at home, in Israel, and around the world.