The Importance Of Endowment

Endowments are increasingly important for ensuring the financial security of Jewish organizations and the services that they provide to the Puget Sound Jewish community. LIFE & LEGACY is a legacy-giving and endowment-building initiative that the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has carried out in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The initiative has given participating Jewish organizations tools, training, and motivation to integrate after-lifetime giving into their philanthropic cultures. The initiative has also given dedicated community members the opportunity to help assure Jewish tomorrows.

In Their Own Words

“Congregation Beth Shalom could not have grown its legacy program as much as it did without LIFE & LEGACY. Period.

“The program provided us with all of the things we needed to succeed. First, it gave us concrete goals together with incentives to reach those goals. Second, it gave us the forms and materials (e.g., LOIs and formalization forms) needed to run a legacy campaign. Third, it provided training and discussions with others in the cohort. This was very valuable.

“LIFE & LEGACY also required us to do the strategic planning to ensure that our legacy program will continue into the future.” Amy Stephson, Legacy Team Member

“We joyously included gifts to (Temple Beth Hatfiloh) in our estate planning because TBH has been a critical part of our lives since we started attending as a family in the mid-1980s. TBH has been there from the beginning through simchas and shivas. When we finally were given the right to legally marry after 32 years together, we had our wedding at TBH. Helping provide for TBH’s future through the LIFE & LEGACY program is but one way that we can give back to secure its future for generations to come.” Lisa Brodoff and Lynn Grotsky

Thank you to the Jewish organizations that have taken part in our LIFE & LEGACY cohort!

Ready to create your legacy for a brighter Jewish future?

For Jewish Organizations:

Do you want to incorporate legacy giving into your organization’s philanthropic culture while simultaneously building a growing endowment fund? To request a copy of Legacy Giving: A Step-By-Step Guide, please reach out to Rachel Rosenman at the contact info below.

For Individuals, Couples, and Families:

Do you want to support the long-term sustainability of the Jewish organizations you care about? Are you looking to fill out a Letter of Intent? Or a Legacy Gift Confirmation Form?

To learn more and get involved, contact:
Rachel Rosenman | Legacy Development Manager | | 206.774.2220

Looking For More Information?

Have questions? Contact:
The foundation staff, Emilia Picklesimer and Rachel Rosenman, at or 206.774.2218.

All inquiries are confidential.