Our daily lives are hectic, busy and full of decisions relating to work, community, leisure and family.
Rarely do we have the time or inclination to PAUSE and think about or discuss what we truly DESIRE, what OUR hopes and DREAMS are, and what we aspire to in the long term.
For those of us who are parents, what the future holds for our children and what we can do to ensure a bright future are important considerations. What type of community and world do we want them to inherit? What do I personally want to leave them as my legacy?
When thinking of the future, providing for goals and aspirations in a will is a clear, effective way to safeguard your family, benefit your community, and set an example of responsibility and commitment to our community.
As I end my term as chair of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, I reflect proudly on the work we have done and look forward to continued growth and success – together. I look at the act of establishing a legacy in your will through the Foundation not only as a good deed, a mitzvah, enabling you to support the causes most important to you in perpetuity, but also as a smart financial tool and a great example of philanthropy for your children. Legacy giving through the Foundation is a win-win for you, your heirs, your estate and your community.
We all aspire to make a difference, throughout our lives, and even when we are no longer here. This spring, the Foundation will initiate a broad effort to reach out to the Ottawa Jewish community, starting a discussion about legacy giving with as many people as we can reach. I urge you to be responsive to this approach, and to take advantage of the Foundation’s Legacy Challenge initiative. When you draw up or revise a will leaving $10,000 or more, or one per cent of your estate to support the causes dearest to you through the Foundation, the Foundation will cover your legal expenses up to $1,000.
By taking action today, your legacy will be ensured through the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation.
I am honoured to have worked with so many dedicated and talented individuals, volunteers and staff on the various committees and Board of the Foundation. Thank you for your support, time, energy and your leadership. I am grateful to have had this opportunity to serve as your chair and work with you to secure a brighter future for generations to come.
Thank you as well to the many people who have chosen to entrust their legacy to the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation though bequests, insurance, endowments, the Women’s Collective Philanthropy Program, B’nai Tzedek funds, and other vehicles supporting dozens of charitable causes in our community and beyond.
And, as I finish my term later this spring, I welcome Michael Landau as the new chair, certain that his energy, integrity, enthusiasm and passion for our community will provide confident leadership into the future. Together, we can and will build a bright future.
To discuss your legacy, please be in touch with Arieh Rosenblum at 613-798-4696, ext. 270, or firstname.lastname@example.org.