Joe Imberman has spent over 40 years in the world of philanthropy, beginning his career with the Otto Bremer Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota as a grants administrator and culminating with the Jewish Federations of North America as its lead endowment professional. Along the way he acted as the Executive Director of a major general community foundation (the Columbus Foundation, Columbus, Ohio) and managed two large city endowment programs at Jewish Federations (Miami and Detroit). He has been a passionate actor on behalf of community based philanthropy and has worked with hundreds of lay leaders and professionals, as well as dozens of professional advisors in the business of wealth management.
In his work at JFNA, Joe Imberman was responsible for the creation of an Investment Institute which now brings together hundreds of leaders and professionals biannually to focus on investment best practices; a national initiative entitled Create a Jewish Legacy, a major bequest building program; and the implementation of a Multi-Generational Family Philanthropy program in collaboration with 21/64, a former unit of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies dedicated to family education around charitable giving. This latter program is now operating in 26 communities in North America supported by JFNA.
Joe Imberman has also developed myriad training programs for professionals and lay leaders, and helped charities raise and manage millions of dollars in legacy commitments. He was responsible for insuring that financial and legal information on the entire federation system’s assets and distributions was available to those who required it, and for the gift planning and compliance function of JFNA.
Joe Imberman has a passion for philanthropy and the benefits which endowments can provide to all charities.