New East Bay program to help Jewish nonprofits

The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay is partnering with local Jewish nonprofits to teach them how to create a charitable bequest initiative — which will help them start, grow and sustain their endowments.

The initiative, known as Create a Jewish Legacy, began this month and will include a series of training sessions between now and July.

“When organizations have to go it alone in legacy development efforts, it frequently gets put off and maybe never happens — and organizations won’t build endowments as result,” said Steve Brown, director of legacy development for Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. “This is an incentive and structure for all these organizations to get the tools and training and support to make it happen now and to do it together.”

Workshop topics range from how to market and start a legacy giving program to how to recognize and thank donors. The long-term goal is for the partner organization to institutionalize its legacy giving program.

Create a Jewish Legacy is based on a model developed by the San Diego Jewish Community Foundation and adopted by the Jewish Federations of North America. The East Bay organizations taking part are Berkeley Hillel, Contra Costa JCC, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, Jewish Federation of the East Bay, the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation B’nai Tikvah, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Temple Isaiah, Oakland Hebrew Day School and Tehiyah Day School.

For more information, contact Brown at (510) 318-6415.