THE JEWISH FOUNDATION OF GREATER TORONTO
is a community foundation that makes charitable giving
easy and rewarding so that individuals
and families can fulfill their personal
philanthropic goals and
translate their charitable
vision into viable solutions to some of our community's most pressing needs.
Our years of experience and community history in Toronto give us the unique ability to provide you and your family with valuable tools, strategies, and expertise that make charitable giving thoughtful and creative.
Find out what we can do together...
2016-2017 BY THE NUMBERS
TOTAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT
ASSET AND PLANNED GIFTS
NEW BOOK OF LIFE STORIES
LETTER FROM THE JEWISH FOUNDATION
"Happiness is an infinite game..."
Together, we can continue to spread
CHAIR, JEWISH FOUNDATION
V.P., PLANNED GIVING & ENDOWMENTS
The Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto is in the happiness business. It works like this.
Generous members of our community like you open a Donor Advised Fund or make a Planned Gift such as a gift in your Will or an insurance policy with the Foundation. Our donors do this because they want to make sure the causes they care about continue to be funded and thrive, and they want to leave a philanthropic legacy to inspire others to follow their example. They want one place to go to for their philanthropic planning and they want simplicity and cost efficiency.
The Foundation supports a myriad of charities based on the recommendations provided by our donors either when their Fund is established or throughout the year. In the last fiscal year, our donors distributed approximately $22.5 million to many worthy causes.
The Foundation’s assets are pooled and invested with the oversight of an Investment Advisory Committee and the Trustees. The return on the Foundation’s portfolio for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 was 10.2%. This means most of our Funds were larger at the end of the year than they were at the beginning even after making the distributions as recommended by the donor. Everyone should be happy with that!
The Foundation has hardworking professionals, trustees, committee members and volunteers who work tirelessly on all of the important initiatives that help the Foundation run so well.
So why are we in the happiness business? Our donors are happy because they are helping support what they care about; they are helping others, our community and Israel. All of us involved with the Foundation are happy because we are helping our donors be happy. And finally, the recipients of the distributions are happy because they receive funds that they need to carry on their important work.
Happiness is an infinite game. More is better. If you are happy with your experience at the Foundation, please tell others. Together, we can continue to help our community and Israel. Together, we can continue to spread happiness.
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017
TOTAL INVESTMENT RETURN
TOTAL GRANT DISTRIBUTIONS
TOTAL PLANNED GIFTS
FACES OF PHILANTHROPY
United Jewish Appeal has had a profound impact on my life and while my gift to the UJA Campaign addresses the needs of the community today, endowing my UJA gift will ensure the future is as bright as the present, so that my children along with others, can have the same experiences I did, the ones that shaped me into the Jewish woman I am today.
HAROLD AND SHELLEY WOLKIN
The giving of our time and support has become an intrinsic part of our makeup, and we've been so well-educated by a succession of fabulous leaders who have stewarded our thinking that we feel UJA's support of all avenues by which we unite and life up our fellow Jews is equally important, both here and in Israel.
The Toronto Jewish community enabled my grandparents to rebuild their lives, and my greates honour is providing others with the same opportunity by giving back. The Foundation ensures that this vibrant and diverse community of Jewish people will flourish for generations. Upholding values, goals and commitments can only be achieved when there is unity.
Growing up in Toronto I have had the opportunity to benefit from a strong Jewish education. Through my education and my family's commitment to our community and to Israel, my love for Israel has grown. I am so fortunate to be able to have my bar mitzvah in Jerusalem and through my Tzedakah Fund I want to ensure that kids living in Israel have access to the same opportunities and education that I am exposed to in Toronto.
Through the Jewish Foundation, our generous donors support hundreds of charities, projects, and programs each year. Here are two examples:
PJ Library is an incredibly high-impact Jewish identity and community engagement program involving the delivery of Jewish books to children and next step programming aimed at engaging PJ Families with the larger Jewish community. The program has a proven track record across the US and Canada for succeeding to bring disengaged families “into the fold” and encouraging them to strengthen their Jewish identity.
This year, thanks to the generosity of donors, 600 new families are able to receive monthly PJ Library subscriptions. Now, 60% of Toronto’s Jewish children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years are part of the PJ Family. The influx of dollars has enabled UJA Federation’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education to work with more than 20 agencies such as Jewish day schools, synagogues and camps to expand PJ Library. There are now more than 100 PJ Library programs such as PJ Goes to Camp and PJ Goes to School across the GTA with enrolment rising across the board.
STRENGTHENING JEWISH IDENTITY
PJ Library is an incredibly high-impact Jewish identity and community engagement program involving the delivery of Jewish books to children and next step programming aimed at engaging PJ Families with the larger Jewish community.Read more
Circle of Care is committed to offering support to low income Holocaust survivors and their families, to help them achieve and maintain the best possible quality of life.
Holocaust survivors show remarkable resilience in their day to day lives. As survivors age and face new challenges, such as retirement, poor health or losing a spouse, the pain of the past often surfaces. During the Holocaust, survivors knew the ability to look after themselves was vital for survival. Facing the loss of independence and having to rely on someone else to assist with daily living tasks is often very difficult. Support for Holocaust survivors requires a special understanding, knowledge and sensitivity. Donors at the Jewish Foundation responded to the need to ensure that services such as personal care and homemaking, Kosher Meals on Wheels and transportation are readily available to as many survivors as possible. The assistance made possible though the Jewish Foundation allows these survivors to age with dignity, in their own homes.
SUPPORTING THE VULNERABLE
Circle of Care is committed to offering support to low income Holocaust survivors and their families, to help them achieve and maintain the best possible quality of life.Read more
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR
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As part of UJA Federation’s historic centennial year, the Jewish Foundation is encouraging all UJA donors to consider making a UJA Legacy Gift.
“We are grateful to have had our philanthropic path paved by our parents and we are fortunate to be in a position to give back and carry on our legacy to the Jewish community by making a UJA Legacy Gift. Our involvement is inspired by the adage, ‘No one remembers what you did for yourself, but what you did for others’.”
David and Felicia Posluns
UJA LEGACY GIFT
When the Jewish Foundation invests in our future that investment is not only financial, but in people, and most critically in our youth. In our B’nai Tzedek program, thirteen young people established a Fund at the Jewish Foundation in celebration of their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. Joining the 200 others who previously did the same, these young people did a very adult thing: they shared their good fortune with others.
In our Jewish Teen Board, 59 teenagers participated in a year-long program to actively engage in assessing the needs in our community. The program culminated with the participants making grants to a variety of organizations.
Book Of lIfe
The Book of Life is a program dedicated to the celebration of Jewish lives and values through the inspiring stories of our donors who have left a charitable legacy for the future through the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.
Under the leadership of Ruthie Ladovsky, the Jewish Foundation held its 14th Book of Life celebration in April 2017. Twenty-eight new stories were added to the Book of Life. Close to 500 people including family, friends and past honourees attended the event to thank the donors for their legacies. Prince Hermann F. Leiningen told the story of his grandfather, King Boris III of Bulgaria, who helped save the country’s Jews from death during the Holocaust.
This year’s event also celebrated UJA Federation’s centennial year by recognizing legacies left to the community through the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto (then United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto). Special recognition was given to the very first bequest to the Jewish Foundation in 1937 from the late Henry Greismanz”l whose generous gift in his Will was used to build one of UJA Federation’s first buildings at 152 Beverley Street.
BOOK OF LIFE CELEBRATION
Each year, the Jewish Foundation holds educational seminars on relevant tax, legal and estate planning topics for professional advisors, offering continuing educational credits and a forum for networking. This past year, two seminars were held; the first entitled: Current Issues in Real Estate and the second, Tax, Estate and Insurance Planning for the Elderly.
From left to right: Joel Cuperfain, Jordan Caplan, Laura Tamblyn Watts, Howard Black, and David Matlow.
A message from the Chair of the Board
and the President & CEO of UJA Federation
During this, UJA Federation's Centennial year, we extend a mazel tov to our partner, the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto, for its ongoing efforts on behalf of our community's extraordinary and visionary philanthropists, providing the people of Jewish Toronto the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy that will shape the next hundred years.
Known for its creativity and cutting-edge philanthropic options, the Jewish Foundation continue - year after year - to match donors with their passions, allowing them to put their money where their heart is. In a community full of philanthropic choices, the Jewish Foundation, with its exceptional cadre of leaders and professionals, ensures that donors have access to a myriad of exciting and compelling charitable options, all designed to bring their philanthropic preferences to fruition.
On behalf of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, we could not be prouder of the Jewish Foundation, and we are certain that the hundreds of programs and organizations that benefit from the Foundation will continue to do so for the next century.
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
PRESIDENT & CEO