United Jewish Federation is proud to participate in a national Jewish legacy giving program that to date has secured more than 40,000 after-lifetime commitments with an estimated value of over 1 billion dollars for communities across North America.


Through LIFE & LEGACY®, UJF, will partner with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) to help start a community-wide legacy giving program, creating a shared goal for the organizations to work toward. UJF will administer the program on behalf of the Stamford Jewish community and will fund program expenses.  UJF will in turn partner with local organizations as a part of the four-year program that provides coaching, training and incentive grants to ensure that legacy giving becomes integrated in the philanthropic culture of the community.


“The Federation is the perfect organization to administer and support this program because of its mission to build a strong Jewish future,” said David Gordon, UJF President, “There is no better way of fulfilling this mission than by providing agencies and synagogues with the opportunity to build endowments and donor relationships that will extend to last in perpetuity.”


As a participant in LIFE & LEGACY’s 2020-2024 cohort, UJF will receive a grant from the Grinspoon Foundation with matching funds of approximately $80,000 each year to provide participating local organizations with the opportunity to receive unrestricted incentive grants based on meeting legacy commitment benchmarks.


LIFE & LEGACY is the newest initiative of HGF which is investing $30 million dollars over a ten-year period to preserve vibrant Jewish life for future generations by ensuring the long-term financial health of Jewish community organizations in cities across North America.


“Providing Jewish communities with proven tools and training to help them secure their long-term financial goals is absolutely vital. Through the LIFE & LEGACY program, I’m hopeful that we will be able to help sustain vibrant communities that allow future generations to enjoy our rich Jewish culture and heritage,” said Harold Grinspoon, the founder of HGF.



LIFE & LEGACY is a four-year partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) that assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities.

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Contact any of these participating LIFE & LEGACY partners. Find out how you can help create the fabric of the Stamford, New Canaan and Darien Jewish community for all our Jewish tomorrows:

Bi Cultural Hebrew Academy
Chabad New Canaan
Chabad Stamford
Congregation Agudath Sholom
Friendship Circle
Jewish Community Center
Schoke Jewish Family Service
Temple Beth El
Temple Sinai
United Jewish Federation
​Young Israel of Stamford


Download Letter of Intent 

Download Formalization Documentation

You can help inspire all of our Jewish tomorrows.  Contact Lenore Fogel at 203-321-1373 ext. 115 or any of the participating LIFE & LEGACY partners to learn more