keep giving forever. And starting this month, 15 Chicago-area Jewish organizations
will get the help they need building endowments that will help sustain them for
years to come, thanks to the newly launched Create a Jewish Legacy-Chicago.
Chicago program, which joins similar efforts in cities around the country, is
fully funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and an anonymous donor, and is
managed by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
the program, leaders and staff from a cross-section of schools, synagogues,
social service agencies and a museum 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.
“Create a Jewish Legacy is designed to assist a variety of
Jewish organizations throughout the Chicago area in developing or enhancing
endowment-based support,” Chair Jane Cadden Lederman said. “As we have seen in
the wake of the recent economic downturn, the ability to maintain the scope of
services in our schools, synagogues, organizations and agencies has become that
much more challenging. Building strong endowments creates an ongoing,
reliable source of funds to sustain our Jewish community for future
in the effort has been strong. Some 70 representatives from 40 organizations
joined the kick-off informational session. Thirty groups applied to participate,
and 15 of them, representing the diversity of Chicago’s Jewish community, were
selected by a panel of lay leaders. The Federation also will work with the
groups that were not selected.
chosen are Am Yisrael, Chicago Jewish Day School, Chicago Sinai Congregation, CJE
SeniorLife, Hebrew Theological College, Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School,
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Jewish Child & Family
Services, Keshet, North Shore Congregation Israel, North Suburban Synagogue
Beth El, Oak Park Temple, Solomon Schechter Day School, Temple Jeremiah and The
learn more about Create a Jewish Legacy, contact Naomi Shapiro at (312)
357-4963 or NaomiShapiro@juf.org.