Calgary Jewish Federation in collaboration with Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary was selected in August 2018 as one of only five new organizations in the US and Canada to join 52 other Jewish communties participating in a national Jewish legacy giving program created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF).


To date this new initative has secured more than 20,500 after-lifetime commitments with an estimated value of more than three quarters of a billion dollars for communities across North America. Additionally, Calgary was the first Canadian community to be officially accepted into the program, with Montreal joining in March 2019.

What is LIFE & LEGACY?


LIFE & LEGACY is a four-year partnership program of the HGF that assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit local 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. 

What are the specifics of LIFE & LEGACY?


The vision of the program is that generous and forward-thinking members of the community will have an opportunity to express their passion, purpose and commitment to the future of our most valued Jewish organizations.

Download LIFE & LEGACY documents


Letter of Intent

Case Statements

Talking Points

Who are the local LIFE & LEGACY partners?


Ten local Jewish organizations have made a committment to work together to support the future of the Calgary community. Talk to any of them to learn more about ways you can support these organizations and beyond.


Beth Tzedec Congregation
Calgary JCC
Calgary Jewish Federation
Camp BB Riback
Halpern Akiva Academy
House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
Jewish Family Service Calgary
Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta
Temple B'nai Tikvah
The Calgary Jewish Academy

For more information email Diana Kalef or call 403-444-3154.