2018-06-06 / Local News

JCF celebrates successful end to Year 4 of Life & Legacy


Pictured following the JCF’s Life & Legacy Year 4 Celebration Dinner were JCF representatives (from left), Vice President Sydria Schaffer, Immediate Past President Valerie Gladfelter, Board member and event speaker Jocelyn Borowsky, President Milt Gottschalk, Executive Director Lenny Glickman, and Life & Legacy Chair Alan Blumenfeld. Pictured following the JCF’s Life & Legacy Year 4 Celebration Dinner were JCF representatives (from left), Vice President Sydria Schaffer, Immediate Past President Valerie Gladfelter, Board member and event speaker Jocelyn Borowsky, President Milt Gottschalk, Executive Director Lenny Glickman, and Life & Legacy Chair Alan Blumenfeld. In April 2014, the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. embarked on a groundbreaking, innovative program called Life & Legacy thanks to generous funding by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF). Philanthropist Harold Grinspoon established Life & Legacy over five years ago to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit Jewish organizations across the country. Per HGF, historically, secular organizations such as hospitals and colleges have far surpassed Jewish entities in terms of growing essential endowments. To turn the tide, HGF’s Life & Legacy has provided the impetus for Jewish organizations to promote legacy giving by offering incentive grants, training workshops, and other resources.

Since 2014, hundreds of Southern New Jersey’s Jewish community members have signed on to commit a current or future legacy gift to benefit any of 20 local Jewish organizations. In total, nearly 900 commitments have been submitted, amounting to an estimated $21.8-million in future expected endowment fund assets.

Further, out of more than 40 Jewish communities participating in Life & Legacy, Southern New Jersey has had among the most commitments submitted in total. The JCF thanks all legacy participants for this unprecedented support of the community’s future.

JCF Life & Legacy Chair Alan Blumenfeld said, “This program works because it has helped our vital Jewish organizations realize the importance of promoting legacy giving. Why is legacy giving so important? Among the many reasons, first, legacy gifts build endowment funds, which provide steady annual income that Jewish organizations can rely on year after year. And second, it’s the perfect way for a donor to leave a lasting legacy to the community— these are gifts that will be remembered by many future generations.”

To celebrate four successful years of Life & Legacy, the JCF hosted its Year 4 Celebration on May 14, in conjunction with the Katz JCC’s Broadway Live. Legacy donors from across South Jersey were invited to enjoy a light dinner and received complimentary tickets to the performance. In all, over 125 legacy donors attended, and were publicly recognized before the start of the show. It was an energetic and memorable way to celebrate the success of Life & Legacy in South Jersey.

To learn more about how you can leave a legacy gift to benefit any participating Jewish organization, please contact your selected organization’s Life & Legacy team directly or the JCF at (856) 673-2528 or infojcf@jfedsnj.org. s

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