Why Legacy? Why Now? Let the Conversations Begin!

Jewish organizations do great work for our community. They educate children and adults. Demonstrate Jewish values.  Help people in need. Host community Shabbat and holiday celebrations. Guide us through life-cycle events. Bring people together for cultural opportunities. They make an impact now.

But what about tomorrow? Ensuring that the organizations doing good work now have the financial security to continue for decades to come is critical to sustaining our Jewish community.

That’s why the Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico (JCF), in collaboration with Jewish Federation of New Mexico, is helping Jewish organizations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe build endowments through legacy giving, providing long-term resources that benefit the entire community.

JCF launched the 4-year LIFE & LEGACY program in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation at a kickoff meeting on December 5 at the JCC. Attendees representing twelve New Mexico Jewish organizations learned about the value of building endowments now and the tools required to jumpstart the process.

“We’re impressed with the Grinspoon Foundation’s commitment to supporting Jewish continuity. LIFE & LEGACY has a proven record of building endowments in Jewish communities, small and large, across the country. We believe our participation is a worthwhile investment in Jewish New Mexico’s future,” said Art Gardenswartz, Jewish Community Foundation board chair.

A key benefit of endowments is they create perpetual income streams that take some of the edge off year-to-year fundraising pressures that all nonprofit organizations face.  LIFE & LEGACY brings organizations together for a community-wide endowment development effort, creating synergy that will benefit all and strengthen community ties.

Erika Rimson, JCF executive director and LIFE & LEGACY program director noted, “We are lucky and blessed to live in New Mexico, a state with such a unique, enriching environment and a fascinating Jewish history. Of course, ‘being Jewish’ plays out in many different ways. Regardless of how we define it, we share a common heritage that is worthy of sustaining. Let the legacy conversations begin!”

If you’d like to learn more about LIFE & LEGACY in New Mexico, contact Erika Rimson, (505) 348-4472 or erika@jcfnm.org.


Save the Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018 – Jewish Legacy Brunch – Assuring Jewish Tomorrows

Learn about and celebrate the simplicity and power of legacy planning to benefit future generations.

Albuquerque Museum, Ventana Salon.

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