Harnessing the Power of Philanthropy


Kim Hirsh, President

Kim Hirsh is a nationally recognized expert in major gifts and community-wide campaigns. A pioneer in endowment and legacy giving, Kim has been a leader in creating model programs in the fields of Jewish day school education and Jewish overnight camp.

Kim serves as Director of Philanthropic Initiatives for the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of Greater MetroWest NJ, the planned giving and endowment arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Over the past eight years at JCF, she has worked closely with leading philanthropic families and partner agencies to raise more than $75 million in support of Jewish identity programs, including Jewish day schools, Jewish camps, Birthright Israel, PJ Library and Jewish teen philanthropy.

Kim worked with philanthropists and day school leaders to create one of the nation's first community-wide endowment development programs for Jewish day school education. Since 2007, the MetroWest Day School Campaign has helped to secure some of the largest endowments for day school education in the nation, aiming at building a foundation for long-term affordability and excellence. Building on this experience, Kim worked closely with the AVI CHAI Foundation and The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) to develop a national day school endowment and legacy program called "Generations," which has been rolled out in Los Angeles, Baltimore, New York and Boston.

A fundraising coach for PEJE and for Yeshiva University's Certificate in Jewish Philanthropy Program, Kim frequently speaks and writes on day school affordability, endowment development, and community-wide collaboration. She has also coordinated fundraising and development of the Greater MetroWest Jewish Camp Enterprise, often cited by the Foundation for Jewish Camp as one of America's leading Jewish camp initiatives, and the largest endowed community-based program of its kind in North America. Prior to joining the JCF, Kim worked as development director for the Hebrew Academy of Morris County (HAMC), a trans-denominational community Jewish day school in Randolph, NJ.

Kim is an active alumna of Newark Academy a private independent school, where she now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Capital-Endowment Committee of the HAMC, from which her three children graduated. Before launching her fundraising career in 2002, Kim worked for nearly 20 years as a newspaper and magazine journalist and as a public relations professional for the University of Iowa and other non-profit organizations. She received a BA from Brown University.

Kim is immersed in the fields of philanthropy, education, and Jewish continuity. She believes deeply in strengthening organizations that build Jewish identity in young people in order to create a vibrant Jewish future.