The Jewish Community Association (JCA) was recently selected as one of 12 Jewish organizations to participate in the national LIFE & LEGACY program, sponsored locally by the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) and nationally by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF).
LIFE & LEGACY is the newest initiative of HGF which is investing $20 million dollars over seven years to engage communities in legacy building efforts to secure the future of vibrant Jewish communities.
“The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is very excited to be partnering with the Jewish Community Foundation to establish a culture of legacy giving in Phoenix,” said Arlene D. Schiff, LIFE & LEGACY national director. “The time is right. This legacy program will make the most of the generational transfer of wealth, change the language and landscape of giving and provide generous and forward-thinking members of the Valley’s Jewish community with the opportunity to express their passion, purpose and commitment to their most valued Jewish organizations.”
LIFE & LEGACY is a two-year program that assists communities, through partnerships with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-life giving to benefit local Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities. LIFE & LEGACY’s goals are to:
- Educate, train, motivate and empower Jewish organizations to engage their loyal stakeholders in conversations to establish legacy gifts.
- Increase community awareness of the power of bequests, other legacy vehicles and endowments.
- Integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish Community and the participating organizations.
“We’re pleased to have been selected as one of the participating organizations,” said Stuart Wachs, JCA CEO. “This program will help us develop a long-term plan to ensure the future of our organization. We are grateful for the $20,000 grant to help us achieve our legacy goals during the two year period.”
Serving on the JCA’s LIFE & LEGACY committee are board members Dean Scheinert (committee chair), Rudy Troisi and Joel Schaller; and Alison Johnston, COO. The committee is supported by other board members and community members who are working on behalf of the organization.