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October 7, 2016  RSS feed

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Foundation plans conference to help jumpstart local endowment programs

Bill Kalish, TOP Jewish Foundation president Bill Kalish, TOP Jewish Foundation president On the heels of completing the first year of its Life & Legacy Program – which yielded more than $10 million in legacy commitments – the TOP Jewish Foundation aims to build a stronger future for Central Florida’s Jewish community through a legacy conference set for Wednesday Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

TOP has invited lay leaders and professional staff of all synagogues and Jewish agencies across Tampa Bay to the conference, titled “Building Your Organization’s Legacy: Tools for Your Strongest Tomorrow.” The conference will be held at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa.

The goal of the meeting is to bring together Jewish community leaders for an interactive session focused on creating a new endowment program or re-energizing a dormant one.

Focused on legacy best practices, conference highlights will include tips and techniques on starting and marketing a legacy program, guidance on holding meaningful conversations that result in after lifetime gifts, and a plan to foster a culture of giving that moves donors far beyond the annual ask.

“For decades, our Jewish organizations have understood how critically important it is to initiate and maintain strong endowment programs. However, due to myriad reasons the effort often gets placed on the back burner while current day issues are addressed,” said Bill Kalish, TOP Jewish Foundation’s president.

Another common pitfall for organizations is getting mired down in months or years of planning without taking action to spark donor interest.

“We have found that one of the keys to success in creating a vibrant Legacy program is realizing that it can begin almost immediately with simple changes such as including the program’s name in your email signature or mentioning legacies in your weekly e-newsletter,” said TOP trustee Bryan Katz.

Many donors who have been involved with a Jewish agency or synagogue for decades have a strong desire for that organization to remain strong for their children and future generations.

“All meaningful conversations should focus on listening to the donor’s vision for the Jewish community and on how the donor would like to leave a legacy,” added TOP trustee Marty Port.

In order to ensure a permanent base of support for the Jewish community, leaders from Tampa, Orlando and Pinellas unified 36 years ago to found the TOP Jewish Foundation, whose purpose is to support the Jewish and non-Jewish communities through creative philanthropy.

For more information or to register for the conference, call (813) 769-4785 or Cost to attend the conference has been underwritten by the TOP Jewish Foundation and conference space provided by Congregation Schaarai Zedek. The temple is located at 3303 W. Swann Ave.

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