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Create a Jewish Legacy New Haven Launches with Major Successes | 01-Aug-2013

On June 1, Create a Jewish Legacy New Haven launched and in the first two months, an estimated $1.5 million has been committed to the fifteen agencies, organizations and synagogues that are participating. This includes $193,000 for current endowment gifts and another $1,307,000 in commitments for bequests and other deferred gifts.

This is a 2-year endowment campaign that promotes current and future (through bequests, insurance, retirement assets and other vehicles) gifts to benefit Jewish day schools, synagogues, Jews in need, the Jewish aged, cemeteries, and other Jewish entities. Through training, support and monetary incentives, Create a Jewish Legacy motivates the participating organizations to secure current endowment and legacy gifts, steward donors, and integrate legacy and endowment giving into the philanthropic culture of the entire Jewish community.  Create a Jewish Legacy New Haven is a joint effort funded and staffed by the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

The participating organizations are Camp Laurelwood, Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI), Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Congregation Kol Ami, Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater New Haven, Jewish Family Service of New Haven, Jewish High School of CT, Jewish Historical Society, Orchard Street Shul, Temple Beth David, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Emanuel, Towers Foundation and UConn Hillel.

New Haven is one of seven communities that are partnering with the Grinspoon Foundation. In the first six months (prior to New Haven’s launch – each community is on its own schedule) these communities have secured over 300 legacy commitments for an estimated $15 million. This track record, along with the success that New Haven’s organizations have already had, bodes very well for the future.

To find out more information or to create your own legacy, you can contact any one of the above organizations, or call Lisa Stanger, Esq., Director of the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven at 203-387-2424, ext. 382 or lstanger@jewishnewhaven.org


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