The Foundation Celebrates 60 Years of Excellence in Impact
On December 11, more than 100 friends and supporters gathered for the Jewish Community Foundation’s 60th Annual Meeting and Installation of Trustees and Officers at the Jewish Community Campus. Guests enjoyed seasonal refreshments, recounted achievements of the year, and celebrated "60 Years of Excellence in Impact,” the theme of the evening’s event.
The evening began with a lively reception where guests admired an oversized banner displaying a 60-year timeline of the Foundation’s leadership and notable events. Alice Jacks Achtenberg, President of the Board of Trustees, welcomed the crowd to the Annual Meeting and invited young members of the Foundation Family to sing “Happy Birthday” to JCF and blow out candles in celebration. Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami then gave an inspiring D’var Torah. An engaging investment report was provided by Eric Bendickson of Strategic Investment Group, the Foundation’s Outsourced Chief Investment Officer.
Achtenberg and Lauren Mattleman Hoopes, JCF Executive Director, jointly presented an overview of the Foundation’s history by taking the audience on a journey through the decades. They described the incredible growth and impact of the Foundation, which began with a small group of forward-thinking community members and has grown to include hundreds of individuals and families and dozens of agencies and synagogues. Since the Foundation’s inception, JCF funds have granted nearly $350 million to 3,275 nonprofit organizations.
The following officers were elected: Alice Jacks Achtenberg, President; Edward J. Goldstein, Vice President; David R. Goodman, Vice President; James M. Klein, Vice President; Frank W. Lipsman, First Vice President; Linda B. Lyon, Vice President; Alana R. Muller, Vice President; Robert V. Palan, Treasurer; Lauren Mattleman Hoopes, Secretary; and, Helene Lotman, Assistant Secretary.
The following trustees were elected: Victor A. Bergman, David R. Goodman, Paul Greenwood, Joseph L. Hiersteiner, Frank W. Lipsman, Karen Loggia, Lon J. Lowenstein, Jeffrey Mallin, Lara Krigel Pabst, David N. Sosland, and Annie Wishna.
B'nai Tzedek Youth Council in Action
The B’nai Tzedek Youth Council, a cadre of teens who work together to engage their peers in philanthropy, has been busy. One of their major tasks was sending personalized letters, texts, phone calls and emails to other fundholders to remind them to make their annual B'nai Tzedek grants. Since the beginning of the school year, 63 grants were made to 29 agencies, totaling $8,976.
The annual B’nai Tzedek Shuk will take place on March 5. This year’s theme is “2020 Vision: Giving for Our Future.” For more information, contact Beatrice Fine at (913) 327-4618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
J-LEAD Welcomes New Chair
Meet Lindsay Fineman, the new chair of J-LEAD, the Foundation’s young adult giving circle. Lindsay is a Kansas City native who moved back to KC with her husband, Michael. They love raising their three young daughters in this wonderful community. Lindsay brings her signature energy and positive outlook to the role and is committed to helping ensure that J-LEAD continues to thrive as it enters its 15th year of grantmaking, having distributed more than $406,000 to worthy projects within the Jewish community. “My goals for this term are to encourage organizations to submit grant requests for innovative programs, to provide an outlet for discovering the exciting work being done in our community, and to help continue to make J-LEAD financially accessible to a broader group of young adults looking to have fun, meet new people, and make a real difference.” To learn more about J-LEAD, contact Josh Stein at (913) 327-8121 or visit jcfkc.org/jlead..
Meet Our New Trustees: Paul Greenwood
“I first learned about the Foundation from my mother and father, who were both actively involved when I was a child. As a trustee, I hope to continue the legacy of my parents while finding new ways to contribute to the community. I look forward to learning more about how I can connect the Foundation to people and organizations in the community that may not be as familiar with the Foundation’s role.”
Meet Our New Trustees: Karen Loggia
“The Jewish Community Foundation has tremendous community ambassadors. I have had the good fortune to meet many of its employees in my personal life, and they beautifully embodied its principals. As a trustee, my goal is to help communicate the Foundation’s message and mission to the broader Kansas City Jewish community, and to engage more Kansas Citians in its mission.”
Open a Fund and Join the Fun!
Connecting Our Giving Community is a series of fun and engaging experiences designed by JCF fundholders for JCF fundholders. Each event is a great opportunity to come together with like-minded people to socialize, network, and learn how to make a philanthropic impact.
Past event topics have included:
- Women in Philanthropy
- Taking Giving from Good to Great
- Let’s Connect! Building Relationships Through Philanthropy
To learn more, contact Beatrice Fine at (913) 327-4618 or email@example.com.