Campaign Seeks Volunteers to Help Keep Jewish Community Strong

In Louisville, our Jewish community has a lot to offer.

It has the Jewish Community Center that bustles with activity and children’s voices all summer long as summer camp provides positive experiences. It also is home to Beit Sefer Yachad and the High School of Jewish Studies. It’s a great place to meet friends, keep fit and enjoy art and theater.

It has Jewish Family & Career Services, which helps families through every season of their lives from picking schools and colleges for children to coping with unemployment, divorce, adoption, health issues, senior transportation and even keeping food on the table.

It has connections to Israel’s Western Galilee through Partnership 2Gether and it helps young people discover the Jewish state and their Jewish roots through Birthright Israel.

It maintains a Hillel on the University of Louisville campus to serve Jewish students on all metroversity campuses.
It offers social, recreational and cultural activities, too.

To ensure that our community remains strong and vibrant, able to offer these and other programs, we also have the Annual Federation Campaign. The Campaign can succeed only if the people who value these programs and services step up and volunteer to help.

Each and every volunteer is important and the Jewish Community of Louisville’s Campaign staff want to ensure that they have the tools they need for their efforts.

This year, the JCL invites all individuals who would like to help to come hear Vicki Agron, a veteran Campaign professional and long-time leader in the Federation movement, at the 2013 Annual Campaign Volunteer Training, Monday, November 5, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at BJ’s Brewhouse in Oxmoor Mall.

With nearly four decades of experience as both a national leader and a senior development professional, Vicki Agron recently opened her own consulting firm specializing in strategic fundraising. Less than one month later, her client list included local, national and international Jewish organizations.

A former executive with United Jewish Appeal and its successor organization, United Jewish Communities, Agron has worked with Federations and other non-profit organizations throughout the world for more than 25 years. In her last post as senior vice president for development, she had oversight and strategic planning responsibilities for the Annual and Special Campaigns, Planned Giving and Endowments and Supplemental Giving. Together, these efforts result in more than $3 billion being raised through Federations each year.

Agron has cultivated relationships and worked with volunteer leaders around the world. An innovative thinker, she has created and developed a wide range of initiatives to attract and engage philanthropists.

She has led study and fundraising missions, traveling to Israel more than 100 times as well as traveling on more than 50 visits to meet with Jews throughout the Former Soviet Union, Europe, South America and Africa. Her expertise on American Jewish demographics and psychographics, particularly related to philanthropy, has earned her an international reputation as an effective educator, trainer, fundraiser, speaker and strategist.

Prior to her professional experience, Agron served in a variety of local and national leadership positions including chair of the UJA National Women’s Young Leadership Cabinet.

Agron and her husband, Joel Friedman, live in New York, Miami and Denver. They have five children and six grandchildren…so far.

Participants in this program are asked to contribute $15 to defray the cost of the dinner. There will also be a cash bar. A Vaad approved option is available if requested by October 29.

There is limited space for this event, so please reserve your spot by Thursday, November 1, by contacting Mary Jean, 238-2739 or
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