“I hope my children feel the joy of giving, not just a sense of obligation because it’s the right thing to do. It should always feel good to help,” says Rose Community Foundation donor Lezlie Goldberg.
Lezlie has four adult children in their late 20s and early 30s – sons Brett and Scott, and twin daughters Devon and Kyle. In 2007, Lezlie and her former husband Jan established a donor-advised fund at the Foundation and named their children as the fund advisors.
“It’s been a great opportunity for our family to work together meaningfully and constructively,” says Brett. Each year, a different sibling has taken the lead in determining which causes the fund will support, including Alzheimer’s or breast cancer research. Because of his father’s emphasis on family and his mother’s modeling of the importance of community involvement, Brett says, “I know that our participation as siblings will continue to grow in a meaningful way.”
Lezlie doesn’t remember a time when she hasn’t been an active volunteer, including serving on the Foundation’s Jewish Life and Philanthropic Services Committees.
“When I got involved at Rose Community Foundation, I saw the way the organization operates,” says Lezlie. “I have always been impressed with the high level of efficiency and professionalism of the staff, and by the organization’s ability to evolve to meet the needs of the community. It’s the right place for me, and for my kids.”