History

Highlights of the Jewish Community Foundation’s storied history

The Jewish Community Foundation was established in 1967 by dedicated leaders who envisioned a sustained future for the San Diego Jewish community. During the Foundation’s long and distinguished history, our assets, grants, funds and donor support tools have grown considerably. Below are a few highlights from the Foundation’s historical timeline.

Incorporated in California as the Community Foundation of the United Jewish Federation. Herb Solomon was UJF Chairperson and Carl Essenoff was Founding President.

38 Donor Advised (Philanthropic) Funds

First full-time Foundation Director hired – Dan Weinberg

Foundation celebrates record year with assets reaching $8 million

First 3rd generation fund was established

Marjory Kaplan succeeds Dan Weinberg as Foundation’s full-time Executive Director.

Foundation celebrates 30th anniversary with $30 million in assets

Foundation assets leap to $138 million. Fiscal year grants reach $29 million – highest year ever.

First Book of Life signing ceremony held with 40 community members promising to establish a legacy for the future Jewish community.

Jewish Women’s Foundation was established, 26 founding members had been recruited.

Over 100 have signed the Book of Life

Endowment Leadership Institute (ELI) was established

Name legally changed to Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

JCF awarded the Kaleidoscope award for excellence in governance

JCF won the Community Endowment Excellence Award from United Jewish Communities.

Governance Leadership Institute (GLI) was established

Most significant year in giving – $62 million in 4,700 grants to 1,000 non-profits.

800 families have promised to leave a legacy gift for a Jewish organization through JCF’s Endowment Leadership Institute.

Record breaking year for grantmaking – $74 million in grants. 60% of the 5,000 grants were between $100 and $1,000.

678 Donor Advised Funds help individuals and families achieve their philanthropic goals.

As of October 2014, the Foundation has facilitated over $1 billion in over 60,000 grants to 5,000 nonprofits in San Diego, Israel, and around the world.

Over 1,000 families have promised to leave a legacy through the Create a Jewish Legacy community program.

Total assets topping: $310,000,000

Beth Sirull joins the Jewish Community Foundation as the new President and Chief Executive Officer and Miriam and Jerome Katzin Presidential Chair.