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Young Philanthropists Gather at the Generosity Signature Event

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February 10, 2011

February 10, 2011 (New York, NY) – UJA-Federation of New York’s annual Generosity Signature Event brought together more than 700 Jewish philanthropists in their 20s and 30s for an evening of philanthropy and state-of-the-art fundraising technology on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at Capitale, 130 Bowery Street in New York City.

“The Generosity Signature Event gathers hundreds of young Jewish philanthropist to celebrate their commitment and desire to give back to the New York community and beyond,” said Michelle Waranch, director of UJA-Federation’s Emerging Leaders and Philanthropists, which spearheads Generosity. “Events like this help galvanize the next generation around Jewish philanthropy, highlighting the needs in the community and why it is so important to come together to address such issues as poverty, unemployment, and education.”

Identifying with the attendees’ familiarity of social networks, the event featured Text-to-Pledge, a cutting-edge donor pledge technology that enables attendees to text message their gifts from their cell phones or PDAs and broadcast them in real time on multiple screens in the event space, creating a social giving network. This technology also reached beyond the room, allowing attendees’ friends and families and those unable to attend to e-mail, phone, or text their gift during the event as well.

Jon Schulman, Shanna Weinberg, and Aaron Zises chaired the Generosity Signature Event. Attending committee members included fashion designer Jay Godfrey and his wife, Dara; Kyle Koeppel; Max Koeppel; Sam Koeppel; Michael Olshan; Sasha Bikoff; Alexa Hakim; and Jackie Friedman.

UJA-Federation’s Generosity division, chaired by Peter Stern and Aaron Zises, is New York’s society for community-involved, socially conscious young leaders in their 20s and 30s. Through exclusive events, programs, and trips, Generosity inspires future philanthropists who will create positive, meaningful, and lasting changes in the lives of those in need.

Funds raised support UJA-Federation of New York’s annual campaign.

About UJA-Federation of New York

The world’s largest local philanthropy, UJA-Federation of New York strengthens community and helps 1.4 million people in New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island, as well as 3 million in Israel and 60 other countries. Funds raised by UJA-Federation sustain the activities of more than 100 health, human-service, educational, and community agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that improve and enhance people’s lives. For more information, please visit www.ujafedny.org.