LIFE & LEGACY™ - Jewish Federation

Why legacy gifts and why now? Endowments are the key to any non-profit organization’s long-term financial strength. By leaving a legacy gift, you help ensure that the values and services of Jewish organizations you care about will be part of our community long into the future. Did you know that a wealth transfer of $60 trillion is happening right now? LIFE & LEGACY™ is giving our wonderful Jewish organizations tools for building up their endowments through after-lifetime giving. This is crucial for making sure that Jewish engagement, education, cultural, and other programs that enrich Jewish life in the Puget Sound region exist in perpetuity.


LIFE & LEGACY is a four-year legacy giving and endowment building program the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is carrying out in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The Federation is proud to be making a significant investment in our regional Jewish organizations by bringing the LIFE & LEGACY program to Seattle and providing two-thirds of the funding to support the program. Find out more about the Federation’s partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

How the Federation Helps Create a Culture of Philanthropy
An article about LIFE & LEGACY published in Jewish In Seattle magazine, April/May 2018 issue.

How can I leave a legacy?

Congratulations to the organizations taking part in our LIFE & LEGACY cohort! Click on the organization names to read their Case Statements for making legacy gifts.

The LIFE & LEGACY program is now in its sixth year nationally and the results are impressive!

Participating Organizations 589
Legacy Commitments 22,853
Value $843 million
Commitments in Endowments $94 million
Commitments Formalized 52 percent

Our Partnership

We are committed to investing our expertise together with resources and consulting from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Our LIFE & LEGACY Program offers financial incentives that are leveraged to empower our community partners to secure legacy commitments. The program works to realize donor commitments in order to grow dedicated endowments for participating organizations. In this way, we work together as a community to strengthen the financial security of Jewish Puget Sound in perpetuity.

Please remember the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle with a gift in your will, trust, retirement account, or life insurance policy.

To learn more, contact:

Rachel Rosenman
Phone: 206.774.2220

Our Impact

$10.6 Million

Estimated legacy gift commitments secured for local Jewish organizations through the Federation-operated LIFE & LEGACY™ program.