Legacy Giving

Meet NIF’s Legacy Society Members:

Russ Linden

When I first learned about NIF, around 1990, it was immediately clear that the organization reflects my deepest values. That’s why I began donating to NIF. My commitment to NIF deepened over the years when I started consulting with Shatil and saw the energy, creativity, and unwavering commitment to social justice demonstrated by its incredible leaders and staff. The fact that these people get up each day and work for change in an environment that’s often hostile to its mission—and sometimes hostile to its staff—requires us to give as much as we can. So a legacy gift is the least we can, and should, do.

As a leadership and management educator, I understand what it means to support change agents. Since the mid-1980s I’ve taught nonprofit, public, and private-sector leaders and managers about leadership, collaboration, the human side of change, resilience, crisis leadership and related topics. It’s this work, combined with my passion for the State of Israel, that led me to support the change agents at NIF with my decision to join the Legacy Society.

I’ve written six books and published numerous articles. My latest book, Loss and Discovery: What the Torah Can Teach Us about Leading Change (Wipf and Stock, 2021) provides us with leadership insights for the modern world from our ancient Jewish text.

As a leader on numerous nonprofit boards, including the University of Virginia Hillel, the Charlottesville Jewish Federation, and the city’s synagogue, I’m proud to be a Legacy Society member at NIF because of its work for a better Israel. I hope to inspire others to join the Legacy Society as well.

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