I took over as chair of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation this past June and am proud of the vital role the Foundation has in strengthening our community and ensuring its future.
As I said at our annual general meeting, thank you so much to those who have created an endowment or left a legacy for our community’s future.
I’ve always been motivated by the dedication of my parents to the Jewish community. Whether it was Jewish education, shuls or elder care, they were always involved, and their commitment had – and continues to have – a tremendous impact on me.
At the Foundation, we recognize that taking care of our community, from generation to generation, is something we need to actively plan – for today and for tomorrow.
The Foundation works closely with the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, which is currently at the height of its 2016 Annual Campaign. The funds raised during the Annual Campaign go on to support 25 beneficiary agencies and a multitude of programs in the Jewish community, fueling every aspect of Jewish life in Ottawa.
While Federation funds programs and services for today, Foundation invests funds to ensure those critical programs are around in the future. In fact, one way to make your annual gift even more meaningful is to consider creating a legacy that will ensure your campaign gift helps our community in perpetuity.
We all have special reasons for why we give, why we want to make a difference. For me, it was always my family and the examples set by my parents. Maybe for you it’s your children or your grandchildren who motivate you, or perhaps it’s simply because Jewish values like tzedakah are meaningful to you.
The Foundation can help you fulfil your philanthropic goals. The Foundation can help you achieve and give and feel great about making a difference. Our investment strategy has provided significant and sustained returns, and our policies as well as expert oversight provide a prudent approach to growing the community’s funds, currently valued at more than $53,000,000. Our professional staff can work with you and your estate planners to create the legacy that makes the most sense for you. I know they have for me. Give it a try!
And here’s an added incentive. The Foundation’s Legacy Challenge asks you to consider making a bequest to the Foundation in your will, and covers the cost of drafting or amending a will up to $1,000 on bequests of at least $10,000 or one per cent of estate value. By creating your Jewish legacy, you ensure that the organizations and causes you value most will continue to thrive well into the future.
With a proven track record, low administrative costs and a significant asset base, the Foundation is a thriving and successful organization. But, while we are proud of our accomplishments, we know we must continue to work hard to support and guarantee the security and financial viability of Ottawa’s Jewish community.
We appreciate your participation in this goal. For more information about making a gift, contact Arieh Rosenblum, director of Development for the Foundation, at 613-798-4696, ext. 270 or firstname.lastname@example.org. What will be your legacy?