I felt like I was channeling my parents this week when I heard myself complaining about how I miss the “good old days”— when people actually sent hand-written thank you notes and invitations, rather than texting, face-booking or sending e-vites.
Call me old fashioned, but there’s something nice about getting a real live letter or card from a friend. While my mail box is full, its contents are mostly bills, advertisements and a host of requests for donations from organizations in need of help.
Over the past few years, those requests have grown exponentially, especially in light of the economic crisis that our country has been living through. Unemployment is still high, the housing market has been underwater, and college tuition and insurance premiums have eroded the confidence of even the most prudent investor. All of which makes me feel more responsible to give to worthy organizations struggling to keep their doors open to the many in need of help and services.
I have the privilege of working as a legacy consultant for the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, the arm of our Jewish community that “helps individuals and families today invest in a stronger Jewish and global community for tomorrow.”
Simply put, we empower people to create lasting legacies for the values they cherish and the organizations they hold most dear.
I get asked a lot of questions by folks who are trying to develop a strategy for philanthropic giving. Questions like:
• How much should I give?
• Should I give now or wait until I die?
• How do I prioritize my gifts?
• Should I support Jewish organizations first and then donate to other charities second?