Celebrating and elevating our collective impact

Our first-ever Day of Philanthropy convened more than 550 community members, professionals and lay leaders at the InterContinental Hotel on November 16. Only as a cohesive community could we have pulled it off so successfully - thank you for attending and for your continued partnership!

Below are brief interviews with three of the workshop leaders:

Phyllis Cook, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, and Ed Beckwith. You may watch these videos, and many more, including Day of Philanthropy musical guests David Grisman and Andy Statman, on our YouTube Channel. Enjoy!


PHYLLIS COOK Philanthropic consultant and former Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (1983-2008).

RABBI LAWRENCE KUSHNER Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-el, San Francisco

ED BECKWITH Partner, Baker Hostetler Tax-Exempt Practice, and nationally recognized expert in tax and estate planning.

The Day of Philanthropy provided the opportunity to explore philanthropy from a variety of different angles – the technical, the personal, and the cutting edge issues that impact charitable planning and giving today. From the informative morning tax seminar, to the standing room only workshops, to the heart-felt tribute to John Goldman, to the recognition of our Quarter Century Circle and Living Legacy Society members, to the toe-tapping Klezmer/fusion sounds of the David Grisman Andy Statman Quartet, all capped off with a lovely BLC Wine Tasting – it was an event in which our organization, and our entire community shined!

Categories: Endowment, Events, Videos


November 17, 2011


The Federation