Navigating the Waters of Multigenerational Giving

Monday, November 02, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST


Are you on the board of a foundation with multiple generations of the same family? Join us for an intimate conversation with two families who excel in navigating the waters of multigenerational giving.

Hubert Leven and his son Francois Leven of the Rashi Foundation will be joining Georgette Bennett and her son Joshua-Marc Tanenbaum of the Polonsky Foundation to discuss their philanthropic values, the importance of Jewish giving, and navigating multigenerational board dynamics.

At JFN we value respect, derech eretz, and strive to listen carefully and respectfully to one another. Hubert, Francois, Georgette, and Joshua-Marc engender this value in their relationships with one another serving on their respective boards. We hope to learn from their example.

The Rashi Foundation is an independent private foundation dedicated to assisting the underprivileged in Israel with a focus on children and youth, focused on creating opportunities for individuals on the periphery and promoting social mobility for this sector of the Israeli population. Hubert Leven has led the Foundation as President since its establishment in 1984. He also serves as Vice-President of Alliance Israelite Universelle and as a member of the Board of KIAH (Kol Israel Haverim). In his professional career, Mr. Leven was CEO of a Parisian brokerage firm and served on the executive board of Source Perrier. Francois Leven serves on the Executive Committee of the Rashi Foundation. In his professional life he works with Banque Paris Bertrand Sturdza. 

The Polonsky Foundation supports charitable giving in causes ranging from higher education to arts and culture, focused primarily in the UK, Israel and the US. Among its major commitments are the democratization and preservation of knowledge, as expressed through large scale projects that have digitized collections of major libraries of the world. Georgette Bennett serves on the Board of the family’s foundation and is Vice Chairman of the JFN board. She is Founder and President of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees. She also serves on Boards of International Rescue Committee, Third Way, and the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, among others. Her son Joshua-Marc Tanenbaum, serves on the junior board of the Polonsky Foundation as well as the Board of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and is active in Nexus Youth Summit, Tanenbaum Center and various other organizations. He also is founder of a social impact advisory business, LEGACY Advisory. His full time work is in Executive Search focusing on Asset Management and Impact Investing at Korn Ferry. 

The conversation will be moderated by Jewish Funders Network President & CEO Andres Spokoiny. Cocktails and Kosher hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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