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JGS’ Susan Kimball Halpern to be VP of Philanthropy

susan halpernLONGMEADOW – Susan Kimball Halpern has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of philanthropy at Jewish Geriatric Services in Longmeadow.
Halpern will continue to oversee all fundraising initiatives but she will also help guide entities and departments within JGS in a fundraising approach that is more cohesive and donor-centered.
“As a non-profit health care organization that has provided services to the community for 100 years, JGS credits its longevity and success in great measure to the invaluable support of members of the community who have become its philanthropic partners. Through this new role, Susan will be able to focus her attention on building the critical relationships that foster continued support of the JGS mission of caring for our community’s elders, and help communicate that we understand philanthropy as a central pillar of the organization’s foundation,” commented Martin Baicker, president and CEO of JGS.
“Susan Halpern is an extraordinary professional and a gift to JGS,” said Susan Kline, chairman of the JGS Board of Directors. “She is capable, intelligent, and, most of all, very warm and sincere. Susan has already embraced her new role in advancement with devotion, enthusiasm, and amazing success!”
Susan has been at JGS since 1996, where she joined in the capacity of campaign coordinator for the JGS Regeneration Campaign, a highly successful capital fund raising initiative that brought in $7.5 million for the renovation of the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home and the building of Ruth’s House Assisted Living Residence. The campaign made it also possible for JGS to relocate its Spectrum Home Care and Hospice Care and JGS Family Medical Care entities to the Converse Street campus.
Halpern has been instrumental in most of the vision and strategic planning that has been undertaken at JGS during the last16 years. In her role in community development she started the JGS Institute, an educational initiative that brought many community educational programs to the organization. She also organized JGS’ “Homecoming 2000,” an all campus celebration that introduced families to the renovations at JGS through various intergenerational activities.
As Director of Development, Halpern was responsible for all fundraising initiatives at JGS including annual, major and planned giving. In 2008 she was made Director of Advancement and Major Gifts. Among her many accomplishments in this role was JGS’ Centennial in 2012, a year-long series of events that celebrated JGS’ founding and showcased its history and growth as an organization, as well as its vision for the future.
This is an exciting time at JGS,” said Halpern, “and I’m looking forward to this new role as we chart the next 100 years of this wonderful organization.”
Halpern noted that JGS will begin a “Second Century Campaign” this year.
“JGS’ mission today is the same as it was 100 years ago, to ensure the highest quality of life—physical, mental and spiritual—for our elders,” she said. “and the many programs and services we provide at JGS would not be possible without our supporters. With so many worthwhile organizations out there for people to support, it is critical that we do everything we can to assure our current supporters, as well as potential donors, how critical their gifts are to JGS. We will strive to create an environment in which supporters see themselves as partners with us in the decisions we make, decisions that will ensure JGS continues to not only meet but also anticipate the changing and varied needs of our seniors.”

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