Donor Spotlight - Be'er Sheva

Donor Spotlight

Bob and Rita Philip

Using a DAF to Fund the Village

Bob and Rita Philip are dedicated philanthropists with a keen eye for long-term investments and a passion for creating a brighter future for Israel. While they have long held a Donor Advised Fund account with another organization, they were attracted to Jewish National Fund’s Donor Advised Fund with simple 24-hour account management, flexible grant-making to their favorite charities, tax benefits, and low fees. After a discussion with a JNF planned giving specialist, they decided to move part of their charitable endeavors to a Jewish National Fund Donor Advised Fund and are now using their Fund to support a variety of projects including the World Zionist Village.

Bob and Rita believe, as Ben-Gurion did, that the Negev is the future for Israel’s prosperity so they wanted to invest in creating a more vibrant, dynamic city in Be’er Sheva that will attract young families, businesses, and tourists. The World Zionist Village allows Bob and Rita to be part of building Israel’s frontier, and in addition to creating more affordable options for Israeli families, allows for a new conversation to be had among global Jewry about shared destiny. Said Bob about why they believe in the World Zionist Village, “It’s a masterpiece for the future of Israel and for Jewry the world over. We’re excited to be part of this long-term pioneering effort.” The Philips were in Israel this past summer and were able to see for themselves JNF-USA’s achievements all across the Negev.

As for why the couple have chosen to leave a lasting legacy with the World Zionist Village through their Jewish National Fund Donor Advised Fund, Bob explained, it’s just good sense. He believes that anyone who cares about Israel, the future of the Jewish people worldwide, and about impactful, strategic philanthropy should investigate using a Jewish National Fund Donor Advised Fund to achieve their philanthropic goals. Following his own experience, he advises anybody who is curious to speak with a Jewish National Fund-USA planned giving specialist to learn how a Jewish National Fund Donor Advised Fund can empower their giving at 800.562.7526 or