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Hillel of Philadelphia Wins National Recognition

September 6, 2012
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Hillel of Greater Phila­del­phia has been cited for its success in creating a living legacy for the college students they serve. Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life — the parent organization for Hillel associations around the world, presented the local chapter of Hillel with its “Vision and Value Award for Development” during a recent program in St. Louis, Missouri.

The award is presented each year to a Hillel that helps the Foundation remain true to its mission — to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Currently, Hillel is represented at more than 550 colleges and communities throughout North America and globally, including 30 communities in the former Soviet Union, nine in Israel and five in South America.

“We are proud to recognize the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia for developing a strong development strategy that deepens the relationships it has with its diverse stakeholders,” said Scott Brown, Hillel’s executive vice president. Marla Mey­ers, associate executive director and director for Institutional Advancement at Hillel of Greater Phil­adelphia, accepted the award. She stated that “by establishing a strong infrastructure and engaging volunteer leaders and all of its professionals, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia is creating a legacy to ensure that each of our campus programs thrive for years to come.

Meyers credited the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and its Areivim Legacy Program for planned giving for giving Hillel of Greater Philadelphia the support and tools necessary to help the organization grow its endowment. To date, 20 Letters of Intent have been filed, representing $1,750,000 in planned gifts.

Meyers expressed pride that the organization has grown at a rate of 10 percent annually and has once again exceeded its fundraising goals and gratification that it has been recognized “as a leader in building a donor-centric approach to fund­rais­ing that engages staff, volunteer leaders and especially students.”

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