Updated: Jun 3, 2021
Ever since joining the LIFE & LEGACY® initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) in 2014, the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. and the South Jersey Jewish community as as a whole have succeeded in increasing legacy gifts exponentially. Thank you to HGF and LIFE & LEGACY for this special, groundbreaking opportunity.
In addition to increasing legacy giving locally, lay and professional leaders across the broader South Jersey Jewish community have been fortunate to be able to participate in frequent, valuable programming hosted by HGF, for which we are also thankful.
This programming is available to communities across the country who participate in LIFE & LEGACY and varies throughout the year.
For example, HGF hosts group calls to exchange ideas, informational webinars, and an annual conference for networking and to participate in engaging educational programs.
On this last note, from May 25-27, HGF hosted its annual LIFE & LEGACY/Create a Jewish Legacy Leadership Gathering via Zoom, where over 900 professionals and lay leaders participated in numerous programs throughout the three days. JCF and SNJ community members participated throughout the conference, soaking in wisdom from expert speakers including Dr. Russell James, Rae Ringel, Lynn Wester and many other pros from a variety of fields revolving around legacy giving.
In addition, HGF hosted an inspirational Legacy Donor Appreciation Event, which you can watch via the accompanying YouTube video (skip ahead to 33:00 for the program's start) that celebrated 18,000 new legacy donors and over $1 billion in legacy gifts secured since the launch of the initiative in 2013. These impressive numbers include over 600 new legacy donors and over $22M in estimated future legacy gifts secured here in Southern New Jersey. THANK YOU to all legacy donors far and wide who have made a commitment to ensure a Jewish future!
During the Event, HGF also announced the launch of its new campaign, "Each One Reach One," which is designed to expand legacy giving in communities (like South Jersey) that have graduated from LIFE & LEGACY. More details will be forthcoming.
Note: HGF plans to release recordings from some of the conference presentations, and we will update this post if we are able to share the links.
In addition to our gratitude towards the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for making this all possible, we thank National Director of LIFE & LEGACY Arlene Schiff for being there for the JCF right from the get-go and for sharing so much knowledge with our community. We couldn't have achieved so much success without your continuing support!
Interested in Leaving a Legacy?
To discuss how you can leave a legacy gift to benefit the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and its family of agencies or any local Jewish day school or synagogue, please contact the JCF at 856-673-2521 today.
Remember: It's easy to leave a legacy gift and can even cost you nothing during your lifetime.