Tidewater Jewish Foundation launches Life & Legacy program

October 27, 2016

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Legacy gifts give forever and starting this month, area Jewish organizations have the opportunity to partner with the Tidewater Jewish Foundation to get an extra boost in building endowments that will help sustain them for years to come.

Through TJF’s newly launched Life & Legacy program, leaders and staff from a cross-section of schools, synagogues and social service agencies will learn the ins and outs of structuring, operating and securing gifts for endowments that will provide a steady and potentially growing stream of funding. The four-year program also offers incentive grants to support legacy gift development.

Interest in the effort has been strong. Some 60 representatives from 12 local Jewish organizations joined the kickoff informational session on September 29. Attendees heard from Christine Kutnick, CFRE, a Life & Legacy community consultant, about why legacy gifts are vitally important, and why the Jewish community cannot wait longer to have these conversations. The excitement in the room was palpable, as common legacy and philanthropy myths were busted, and the strong case was made for joining TJF and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in cultivating a culture of planning for the future.

TJF’s staff and small selection committee are eagerly awaiting the partnership applications from all Tidewater Jewish organizations, and anticipate enthusiasm for this new program to continue to grow.

To learn more about the Life & Legacy program, contact Amy Weinstein, director of development at 757-965-6105 or aweinstein@ujft.org.

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