Harold Grinspoon is 90 years old and still going strong! Several birthday celebrations are being held for the West Springfield real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist who established the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) in 1993 to promote Jewish in Western Massachusetts, North America and Israel. Since its founding, HGF has dispersed more than $200 million to the Jewish world globally in programs, grants and operations.
Grinspoon developed the PJ Library program, which partners with Jewish communities around the world to send free Jewish children’s books close to hundreds of thousands of children each month. Grinspoon was awarded the Jewish Book Council Impact Award for his creation of PJ Library and its outreach to the next generation.
Grinspoon’s passion for Jewish overnight camping led him to create the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy, now JCamp 180, a program of the HGF, which has helped Jewish overnight camps to fundraise through millions of dollars in matching grants and consultation.
Grinspoon has served on numerous boards including as a founding partner in the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) and on the boards of Birthright Israel and the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
In 2015, Grinspoon and his wife, Diane Troderman took the Giving Pledge, started by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, committing more than half of his wealth to charitable causes during and after his lifetime.
The Massachusetts Jewish Ledger wishes Harold Grinspoon a very happy 90th birthday.