Eighteen local Jewish agencies, day schools and synagogues were selected by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to join LIFE & LEGACY, a four-year initiative to increase and celebrate legacy giving, or after-lifetime gifts, according to a Dec. 2 news release.

In August, Columbus was selected as one of four new communities to join 58 others participating in LIFE & LEGACY.

The organizations selected are: Beth Jacob Congregation, Chabad of Columbus/LifeTown, Columbus Jewish Day School, Columbus Jewish Historical Society, Columbus Torah Academy, Congregation Agudas Achim, Congregation Ahavas Sholom, Congregation Beth Tikvah, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Congregation Torat Emet, JewishColumbus, Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Jewish Family Services, Kehilat Sukkat Shalom, Ohio State Hillel, Temple Beth Shalom, Temple Israel and Wexner Heritage Village.

Over the course of four years, LIFE & LEGACY will provide the community with tools, training and incentives to either create or expand existing legacy giving initiatives. JewishColumbus’ acceptance into the initiative was the product of over two years of research and planning. Since 2012, LIFE & LEGACY has raised over $960 million in new legacy gifts in Jewish communities across North America, according to the release.

“I’m excited that the community is coming together to assure Jewish tomorrows for future generations,” said Jim Bowman, LIFE & LEGACY committee chair, in a news release. “This kind of partnership is exactly why JewishColumbus was formed, and I’m honored to lead the charge.”

Each organization will participate in trainings and receive individualized coaching from Dena Kaufman, Columbus’ LIFE & LEGACY community consultant from the Grinspoon Foundation.

When an organization reaches a predetermined goal established by the Grinspoon Foundation, they will receive monetary incentives to reward their commitment to this important and timely work.

“Through the generosity of and partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, I am proud that JewishColumbus has stepped up both financially and in its commitment to help our agencies think about their long-term financial futures,” said JewishColumbus CEO Joel Marcovitch. “LIFE & LEGACY transforms communities. We work together for the betterment of all. I also want to thank each agency for their professionalism and partnership with JewishColumbus in this most important endeavor.”

LIFE & LEGACY will begin on Feb. 1, 2020.