ALBANY – Recently the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York (JFNENY) leaders joined colleagues from across the country who are implementing the Life & Legacy program in their areas at a conference in Springfield, Mass. entitled “Life & Legacy /Create a Jewish Legacy Leadership Gathering.” The conference was aimed at building skills, sharing best practices and providing opportunities for networking among the participants as they continue creating sustainable, legacy giving programs in their local communities. The NENY delegation was the largest at the conference and included 16 community members representing nine local legacy partner organizations.
Since the JFNENY legacy-giving program began three months ago, this area’s Jewish community has secured more than 177 after-lifetime commitments with an estimated value of just over 3 million dollars in future financial gifts to the community.
The area Jewish Federation is collaborating with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) to build a community-wide legacy-giving program aimed at preserving Jewish life for future generations by ensuring the long-term financial health of Jewish community organizations. As a part of the collaboration, the JFNENY, in turn, is working in partnership with local organizations as a part of the four-year program that provides coaching, training and incentive grants to ensure that legacy giving becomes a part of the philanthropic culture of the community. The JFNENY participating organizations are: the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center, Congregations Berith Sholom, Beth Abraham-Jacob, Beth Emeth, Gates of Heaven, Ohav Shalom, and Temple Sinai, Daughters of Sarah Senior Community, the Hebrew Academy of the Capital District, the Robert & Dorothy Ludwig Jewish Community Center of Schenectady and the JFNENY.
Jesse Holland, the local chairman of the Life & Legacy Committee that is implementing and guiding the program says, “We are awed by how responsive people have been to participate in this program that will secure our Jewish community’s future and thrilled that we are all working together toward a common goal.”
Nationally, HGF has helped its partners to secure 19,000 legacy commitments, valued at more than $702 million of which $62 million has already been placed in organizational endowments.
“Providing Jewish communities with proven tools and training to help them secure their long-term financial goals is absolutely vital. Through the Life & Legacy program, I’m hopeful that we will be able to help sustain vibrant communities that allow future generations to enjoy our rich Jewish culture and heritage,” said Harold Grinspoon, the founder of the foundation HGF.