Earlier this yr, a lady contacted Jewish Household & Youngsters’s Service in want of help.
This consumer, Susan (not her actual title), had a coronary heart assault earlier within the yr and spent a month on a ventilator as a consequence of having Covid-19. Her mother and father and brother additionally hung out within the hospital for Covid-19 therapy, and finally her father succumbed to this insidious virus. Her monetary struggles escalated throughout this devastating timeframe.
JFCS supplied quick help to Susan with meals supply, a present card to a grocery retailer, and monetary help for a automotive cost. She is going to proceed to obtain help and sources as her wants come up.
This is only one of myriad tales of JFCS supporting neighborhood members in want from through the years, and it wouldn’t be doable with out the generosity of donors who assist make it occur.
One of many donors who has made it a precedence to assist neighborhood members in want is Valerie Gladfelter.
By establishing an endowment fund with the Jewish Group Basis, Inc. that helps a JFCS case supervisor place via the Rhona Fischer Household Help Program (FAP), Valerie has ensured that this help will proceed for a few years to return. Her endowment fund will spin off annual earnings to JFCS to serve purchasers like Susan.
A facet that’s distinctive to JFCS in comparison with many different social service organizations is that JFCS takes the very important step of understanding what sources a consumer must counter meals insecurity, poverty, or different debilitating challenges that anybody of us could face at any time. They take a holistic view of a consumer.
In the identical sense, Valerie takes a deep dive into figuring out how finest to assist others in want by establishing sustainable philanthropy via endowment funds, and he or she is a cheerleader for encouraging others to do the identical with their charitable giving.
For the previous 20 years, Valerie has been concerned with the JCF in quite a few capacities, together with having served (and at the moment serving) as a Board of Trustees member and president from 2015-2017. All of the whereas, Valerie has inspired organizations to think about the longer term, not simply what’s occurring this yr; she additionally emphasizes to donors that anyone can go away a legacy reward that can final for a lot of generations, no matter age, earnings degree, or different elements.
Valerie additionally champions the significance of speaking to your skilled advisors about philanthropy whereas reviewing your property, funds, or taxes. A profitable monetary advisor herself throughout her profession, Valerie impressed her purchasers to consider charitable organizations that they liked, in order that they’ll present much-needed sources throughout their lifetimes in addition to with a legacy reward, as finest match their plans.
Final however not least, Valerie’s husband, David, has lengthy backed her drive to assist others and stay lively in the neighborhood, whereas additionally giving again in his personal methods. Collectively, Valerie and David are mensches in each sense of the phrase.
On December 8, throughout our digital 2020 Group Assembly & Celebration, the JCF will honor Valerie with the JCF Legacy Award for her help of our company and the broader Jewish and secular neighborhood. Although Valerie is ever humble about her philanthropy, we’re keen to acknowledge her contributions, notably throughout these troublesome days for thus many. We anticipate a beautiful night, and we invite you to hitch us in celebrating philanthropy collectively.
To register or be taught extra about this program, please go to www.jcfsnj.org/ celebration in the present day. We thank our occasion sponsor, SEI, for his or her help, and we look ahead to listening to from SEI’s Senior Consumer Portfolio Supervisor Glenn Harris about Developments in Philanthropy throughout this system.
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