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Grinspoon Foundation Wins JFN’s 2020 Shapiro Prize for its Life & Legacy Program

Jewish Funders Network awarded its 2020 Shapiro Prize for Philanthropic Collaboration to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) during JFN’s recent international conference, which is being held virtually.

While best known for its popular PJ Library program of distributing free books to Jewish children, the Springfield foundation has impacted Jewish life just as dramatically with Life & Legacy, a groundbreaking fundraising initiative with 63 philanthropic partners in Jewish communities throughout North America.

Launched in 2012, HGF’s Life & Legacy envisions a future of vibrant, well-funded Jewish organizations and communities, with endowment funding available to provide critical support. Through Life & Legacy, HGF and its partners seek to capture the opportunity available to the Jewish community from the tremendous generational wealth transfer currently occurring.

Over the course of a four-year partnership, Life & Legacy provides training, support, and monetary incentives to motivate Jewish organizations to secure after-lifetime commitments, often referred to as “planned giving” or “legacy giving,” from their most loyal donors in order to build their endowments.

“The LIFE & LEGACY program has been tremendously helpful not only because it has given us the tools and language to create a climate for legacy giving but also because we have seen the results- gifts to the endowment have come in that otherwise would not have. Recognizing the importance of this tremendously impactful program with this award is very appropriate and well-deserved,” said Steven Schimmel, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Central Mass., a Life & Legacy partner.

“With this prize, the funder community recognizes that collaboration is an essential feature of an effective Jewish philanthropic field,” says JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny. “We face complex challenges that nobody can solve on their own; that’s why much of our work at JFN is geared toward encouraging partnerships among funders. Life & Legacy is a role model, an inspirational story of funders building

long-term, multi-pronged collaborations to address critical issues in the community.”

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