What is LIFE & LEGACY?

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LIFE & LEGACY is a 4-year partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) that assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities.

Through training, support and monetary incentives, LIFE & LEGACY motivates Jewish organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community.


An unprecedented transfer of generational wealth is taking place before our eyes. Yet Jewish organizations by and large have not fully recognized the possibilities or sought legacy gifts despite the knowledge that endowments will have an increasingly impactful role in sustaining the future of their organizations.

Having this knowledge, the question HGF sought to answer is “Can Jewish communities be motivated to become proactive in encouraging widespread legacy giving?” With implementation of LIFE and LEGACY the answer is YES!

Proven Track Record

HGF Jewish Summer Camp Legacy Program – 50 camps have secured over $70 million in after-lifetime gifts from 3,500 gifts.

HGF Create a Jewish Legacy Western Mass – 19 Jewish organizations have secured an estimated $20 million in future funds from 800 gifts representing 580 households – and new commitments are regularly received from 540 households.

LIFE & LEGACY – As of September 30, 2018, in just 6 years, 52 communities and 12 Hillel Campus Affiliates, representing 565 organizations, have secured more than 21, 600 legacy commitments with an estimated value of just under $800 million of which $87 million has already been placed in organizational endowments.

Read more about how LIFE & LEGACY is transforming Jewish communities across North America.