Momentum is building and the goal is in sight for Chesed Shel Emes’s Building on Our Tradition of Lovingkindness capital campaign.
“Donors have been engaged and interested throughout the campaign,” says Rena Boroditsky, Executive Director of Chesed Shel Emes. “We are seeing gifts of all sizes from donors of all ages from Winnipeg and from outside of the city.”
At press time, more than 300 people had made a campaign gift or pledge, totalling $2.4 million, or roughly 75 percent of the campaign goal of $3.18 million. Funds raised will be used to replace and equip Chesed Shel Emes’s aging south building, which houses the organization’s offices, meeting spaces, family meeting areas, and tahara room, where the deceased are lovingly prepared for burial in accordance with Jewish tradition.“
I think the campaign has been resonating with people because they understand that Chesed Shel Emes is a community good that we all share,” says Boroditsky. “Through our outreach, we have shared stories about our volunteers and about Jewish practices. People have been moved, impressed, and inspired to act—and we are grateful.”
While the campaign has been going well, the organization still needs to raise over $600,000 to meet its target and begin the project in 2020 as planned.
“We welcome gifts of all sizes and kinds, including family gifts and gifts payable over time,” says Boroditsky. “What matters is that people step forward with a commitment soon so we can plan and proceed with confidence.”