Joe Imberman has spent over 40 years in the world of philanthropy. Throughout his career, he has been a passionate actor on behalf of Jewish philanthropy working with lay leaders, professionals and professional advisors in business of law, finance and wealth management. He has dedicated his career to community based philanthropy and endowment development.
Imberman’s career began as Grants Administrator of the Otto Bremer Foundation in St. Paul MN and continued almost entirely in the Jewish community, including 18 years split between the Miami and Detroit Federations and 15 years with the Jewish Federations of North America as lead endowment consultant and Associate VP for Planned Giving and Endowments. He then transitioned to working as a consultant to non-profits and spent 2.5 years with the Montreal Federation (FCJA) as Senior Advisor to its successful Centennial Campaign. Since that time, he has been working as a consultant to the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies of Buffalo and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Metrowest (NJ). Along the way, he developed expertise in philanthropy in Israel and Canada and speaks basic French.
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.