The JCA Maine to receive coaching, training and incentive grants from JFNA and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation as a part of a modified two-year program

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2020 – Portland, ME

The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine was selected as one of six new communities to join 63 others participating in a national Jewish legacy giving initiative that to date has secured more than 28,000 after-lifetime commitments with an estimated value of more than one billion dollars for communities across North America.

Through LIFE & LEGACYR, the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine will partner with JFNA and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) to help start a community-wide legacy giving program, creating a shared goal for our organization to work toward. As a part of the collaboration, the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine will, in turn, partner with local organizations in a modified two-year program that provides coaching, training and incentive grants to ensure that legacy giving becomes integrated in the philanthropic culture of the community.

As a participant in LIFE & LEGACY’s Small Federation Cohort 2 (2020-2023), the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine will receive support from both JFNA and the Grinspoon Foundation to provide participating local organizations with the opportunity to receive unrestricted incentive grants based on meeting legacy commitment benchmarks.

“The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is very excited to be partnering with JFNA and Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine to establish a culture of legacy giving in Southern Maine,” said Arlene D. Schiff, national director of the LIFE & LEGACY program. “The time is right.  This legacy program will make the most of the generational transfer of wealth, change the language and landscape of giving and provide generous and forward-thinking members of the Southern Maine Jewish community with the opportunity to express their passion, purpose and commitment to their most valued Jewish organizations.”

LIFE & LEGACY is an initiative of HGF which is investing $30 million dollars over a ten-year period to preserve vibrant Jewish life for future generations by ensuring the long-term financial health of Jewish community organizations across North America, including Southern Maine.

“Providing Jewish communities with proven tools and training to help them secure their long-term financial goals is absolutely vital. Through the LIFE & LEGACY program, I’m hopeful that we will be able to help sustain vibrant communities that allow future generations to enjoy our rich Jewish culture and heritage,” said Harold Grinspoon, the founder of HGF.

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FMI Contact:

Molly Curren Rowles
Executive Director
Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine
1342 Congress Street, Portland, ME  04102
207-772-1959 | mrowles@mainejewish.org

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