The Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary has been a trusted partner in philanthropy since 1990. We currently serve over 120 donors and oversee $17 million in charitable assets, including managed funds, for the benefit of our own and future generations.
The JCFC began as the Calgary Jewish Heritage Foundation on 25 January 1990. The intent of the Calgary Jewish Heritage Foundation was to develop a substantial fund of capital to offset needs of the annual campaign and to provide for special needs, including sending children to camp, purchasing Hebrew language reading books and supporting programs in Israel that our community would otherwise have been unable to fund. It was hoped that this new organization would also be a means to honour Jewish commitment and put a human face on noble deeds by linking the name of an individual or family to the community forever.
The founding officers of the Board of the Calgary Jewish Heritage Foundation were Gertrude Cohos, Chairperson and Larry Martin, Treasurer/Secretary. Board members included Hy Belzberg, Martha Cohen, Martin Cohos, Murray Green, Gail Himelfarb, Joe Katchen, Stephen Krasnow, Donna Riback, Murray Robbins, Stephen Singer and Joe Spier. Ex Officio Members representing the leadership of the Jewish Community Council were Hal Joffe, Robert Kalef and Sam Switzer. The name was changed to the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary in 1994.
For four years (1998-2002), Morris Bleviss served as the volunteer Executive Director of the Foundation, working hard to raise funds for the future of the community. From 2003 to 2011, Milton Bogoch led our organization ably assisted by Phyllis D’Aguiar.
The Foundation has evolved with changing times, but remains dedicated to the values that inspired its creation. Today we are a multi-faceted institution helping philanthropists with all aspects of charitable giving, in the Jewish community and beyond.
Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over four million dollars in scholarships and grants in the local community, across Canada, and to Israel. In 2017-2018 fiscal year alone, the Foundation and its more than eighty donor families distributed over $584,000 in grants to organizations with programs that span the range of philanthropic giving, from scholarships, to support for Jewish families locally, to causes in Israel. Without the foresight of the individuals mentioned above, the dedication of our volunteers, and the generosity of the people of this community and abroad, the JCFC would not be what it is today.
The logo that represents the organization today was designed in 1993. It is a circle of hearts that reveals at its center a Jewish star. The hearts represent the donors and committed volunteers who strive to ensure the quality of Jewish life in Calgary.