PJA auction is time to invest in Jewish future

For two Portland philanthropic couples, the Portland Jewish Academy’s annual auction in December is a time to come together and invest in Jewish education. Jay and Diane Zidell and Steve “Rosy” Rosenberg and Ellen Lippman say they view Jewish education as vital for the future of Jewish people. Both couples have matched Mitzvah Moment donations…


Charitable gifts of business shares

You give generously every year to the nonprofit organizations you love – your synagogue, the Jewish overnight camp you went to as a kid, the day school and your alma mater. You’ve worked hard for decades and are starting to think seriously about retirement. Maybe you’re not sure how you’ll continue to make your charitable…


Philanthropy can be a collaborative effort

Helping charitable individuals achieve their philanthropic goals can be a group effort, involving a cadre of charitable people, nonprofit gift planners and professional advisors. The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation understands the key role professional advisors play in helping clients with their philanthropy, which is why the foundation launched its Professional Advisors Group in 2010. PAG…


Share holiday joy with vulnerable families

Jewish Family & Child Service invites the community to participate in two holiday programs to help people who are facing adversity feel more connected to their community. The Torah tells us, “When we eat and drink in celebration, we are obligated to feed the stranger, the orphan and the widow.” Continuing a 15-year tradition, JFCS…


Americans admit their finances need polishing

For the two-thirds of Americans who confess their finances need work, now is the time to take a fresh look at personal finances. The Security Index* from Country Financial Country Financial, which assesses Americans’ sentiments of their personal financial security, found Americans need to: clean up credit card debt; get spending habits in check; and…


Crowdfunding supports social progress

Israeli startup LivinGift is a new crowdfunding platform that allows contributors to provide zero-interest loans for ventures that have a positive social impact. Eligible ventures must fulfill two simple criteria according to the website livingift.org. The venture must improve the lives of people or communities, and have a sustainable economic model and a fixed income….


Charitable Giving & Financial Planning Resource Directory

CHARITABLE GIVING ALBERTINA KERR Mailing address Portland, OR 503-262-0188 AlbertinaKerr.org For more than 100 years, Albertina Kerr has been providing programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. Donors help ensure Albertina Kerr will be her for those in need for the next…


Exercise and stay “Forever Fit”

Robin Kirsch, 60, has been teaching exercise classes since 1985, when an aerobics instructor invited her to team-teach a class at the Baltimore JCC. For the past eight years she has used her 30+ years of experience to help seniors and others who want to improve their fitness level without high-impact or high-intensity workouts. Two…

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