WEST SPRINGFIELD — Arlene D. Schiff will lead the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s (HGF) new Life & Legacy Program, a legacy partnership effort that incentivizes Jewish agencies, synagogues, and day schools to secure legacy gifts and steward donors.
With widespread recognition that a large transfer of generational wealth is taking place – about $41 trillion by 2020 according to a 1999 Boston Foundation study – the Life & Legacy program aims to assist Jewish organizations with proactively securing endowments through legacy gifts.
Schiff will lead the program after her tenure as executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires where she worked since 2001. At the Federation, she increased the donor base and fundraising substantially and directed many community initiatives. Nationally, she has been active in Jewish community service with the Jewish Federations of North America. Locally, she has served on the Berkshire Housing Development Corporation, Berkshire Immigrant Center Advisory Board, Lenox School Committee, among others.
“We are so pleased to have a professional of Arlene’s ability and experience to lead Life & Legacy, an important and innovative program that is working to secure a vibrant Jewish future,” said Kate C. Conn, HGF’s chief executive officer.
The Life & Legacy is a partnership program that invites up to seven communities a year to apply to partner with HGF. The Foundation commits funds to the selected program for two years. If fundraising goals are met, the partner receives a matching grant from HGF that covers 50 percent of the partner agency’s annual budget, up to $150,000, for each year in the two-year partnership.
In this first year, the partners are: Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community, Jewish Foundation of Memphis, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, Orange County Jewish Community Foundation, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer.