It all started with eddie...
The first Jewish charitable fund in Charlottesville was started in the early 1980's by Ed Eitelberg. Upon arriving in 1978, "Eddie" as he was often called, was surprised to learn that there was no central Jewish philanthropy. Eddie sprang into action and started the first iteration of the UJFC.
When Eddie's fund became briefly inactive in the 1990s, it was renewed by Ruth Hanft in 2002, and with the help of Bill Gray, Sonia Haimes, Vikki Bravo, Faye Rosenthal, Rob Capon and numerous others, UJFC came into being as a 501 (C) (3) tax-deductible fund in 2003. It raised over $25,000 in its first year and has prospered ever since.