In a recent year, according to the 2007 American Jewish Year Book, the JFMD raised more money than any of the 55 other Jewish Federations in the country, "with about $35,000,000 being raised from approximately 30,000 households." This fund raising acumen is on display in the sweetheart deal of a contract but they have gone one better than that.
The JFMD's other contractual costs include only an unspecified amount for adding the Fair to the Federation's general liability policy for one day.
Some of the JFMD's publicity for the "Fair of Shame" is even free, such as a fluff article in the Detroit News on July 14, 2008. Thus, a celebration of the violent ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 has been turned into a state-subsidized fund raising event for an already wealthy community.
According to the "Detroit Area Jewish Population Study, 2005," sponsored by the JFMD, the median income of Detroit area Jewish households was $85,000 and median housing value was $300,000.