for Friends of ADL | Spring 2023
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Here, you can read about how your support makes an impact in the fight against hate. We hope you enjoy these stories. Visit our website to learn how you can support ADL’s programs which are critical to so many.
A Legacy Gift Today is an Example for Tomorrow
Lori and Steve Gans have joined the Livingston Legacy Society by creating a gift in their estate plans to continue their commitment to ADL beyond their lifetimes. In her own words, Lori explains what this means to her.
“We hope to sustain and rank ADL as the leading anti-hate organization in the world, and it is an honor to support it with our commitment to the Livingston Legacy Society.
I’ve been a lay leader for ADL for 34 years now and I’ve taken that title very much to heart. Leaders must be the standard by which others will measure their own commitments and investment; I know that those who came before me were certainly the example that I looked to coming up through the ranks. Steve and I want ADL to be here, doing the same critically important work for our grandchildren that it was doing for our grandparents, and we want it to be even more effective.
From generation to generation, ADL only ever goes from strength to strength, in large part because of the foresight and generosity of donors who commit to leaving a legacy gift. We know that our testamentary gift alone will not be enough to change the world, but if enough families like ours make the commitment to leave something behind for ADL to work with, it just might be.”
Lori Gans has served in many leadership capacities at ADL, including serving on the executive committee of the Northeast Region since 1989 and as a member of the National Commission since 1995. She was the creator of ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute, now a national program, and is a longtime trainer for Echoes & Reflections, ADL’s holocaust education for middle and high school students, as well as ADL’s flagship education programs Confronting Antisemitism, Words To Action and A World of Difference.
At the national level, Lori served two terms as national co-chair of the Campus/Higher Education Affairs Committee, chaired the Northeast Quadrant of the Education Committee, and served for many years on the National Leadership Committee. A recipient of the Professional Leadership Award from Women In Development of Greater Boston, Lori currently works at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. She and her husband, Steve, have two sons and arguably the most adorable dog on the planet.
Join Lori and Steve Gans in the Livingston Legacy Society with a commitment to fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate. You can transform the future when you remember ADL in your will or trust or name ADL as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance or other account.
Antisemitic Attitudes Surge in 2022
ADL Center for Antisemitism Research Survey Finds Almost Double Antisemitic Prejudice
The ADL Center for Antisemitism Research (CAR) is tirelessly working to shed light on the world’s oldest ethnic hatred through research and investigation. CAR recently released a survey that found 20% of Americans, or 52 million people, agreed with six or more anti-Jewish statements. The findings also showed young people held similar levels of belief in anti-Jewish tropes compared to older adults, and that there is significant anti-Israel sentiment among Americans. Your support enables ADL to continue their examinations into antisemitism in order to work towards reducing its prevalence around the world.
In April 2022, ADL announced the creation of the ADL Center for Antisemitism Research (CAR) to deepen understanding of the world’s oldest ethnic hatred through a combination of scholarly investigation and empirical research.
CAR builds upon ADL’s century-plus of antisemitism expertise through an applied research network, innovative initiatives and signature projects to evaluate and identify what makes a difference in the fight against this hatred.
With pioneering approaches and a peer-review process, CAR ensures its studies are rigorous and accurate, upholding academic best practices with accessible analysis. CAR aims to diagnose the causes of antisemitism and apply what they learn through practical on-the-ground efforts — by ADL and our communal partners — to decrease antisemitism in communities in the U.S. and around the world.
Antisemitic Attitudes in America
A recent survey released by CAR found widespread belief in antisemitic conspiracy theories and tropes — nearly doubling the rates of antisemitic prejudice ADL found in 2019 — as well as substantially negative anti-Israel sentiment among Americans.
ADL has measured antisemitic attitudes among Americans since the early 1960s. This most recent survey used a more nuanced suite of questions that provide greater understanding. The survey of a representative sample of more than 4,000 U.S. adults asked the extent to which Americans agreed with different statements about anti-Jewish tropes and found that 20 percent of Americans — as many as 52 million people — agreed with six or more of the 11 anti- Jewish statements used by ADL since 1964.
Among the findings: 39 percent of respondents believe that Jews are more loyal to Israel than the United States; 20 percent say Jews have “too much power” in the United States; 21 percent think that Jews “don’t care about anyone other than themselves”; and 53 percent say that Jews will go out of their way to hire other Jews. These findings reveal substantial belief in anti-Jewish tropes — such as Jews are too powerful, selfish, foreign and clannish — ideas that have incited violence against Jewish communities around the globe for centuries.
Unlike in years past, researchers found that young people seem to hold similar levels of belief in anti-Jewish tropes compared to older adults. This report also shows that anti-Israel sentiment, including anti-Israel sentiment rooted in antisemitic conspiracy theories, is held by broad swaths of the population.
Throughout the year, ADL will continue to release a series of reports outlining key findings from its 2022 national survey. These reports will probe deeply into antisemitic attitudes among different subpopulations; views of Jewish stereotypes; similarities and differences among prejudices against Jews and other groups; and key drivers of belief in anti-Jewish tropes and anti-Israel sentiment.
The survey questionnaire was designed as a large-scale collaboration between the staff at the ADL Center for Antisemitism Research, the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, the One8 Foundation, Jewish communal and civil rights leaders and an academic advisory board of scholars.
Creating Your Legacy Just by Signing Your Name
An Easy “No-Cost-Now” Way to Fight Hate
You can fight antisemitism and secure justice and fair treatment to all by naming ADL as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or other financial accounts.
If you want to help foster the acceptance and inclusion of all people with a gift that doesn’t affect your current finances, then a beneficiary designation could be the best option for you.
Your potential benefits include:
• Reduced or eliminated taxes on retirement assets
• Reduced or avoided probate fees
• No cost to you today
• You create a legacy of fighting hate with ADL
You can make a gift by beneficiary designation with your:
• Retirement funds (e.g., IRA)
• Life insurance policy
• Donor-advised fund (DAF) residuals
• Bank, brokerage or other financial accounts
It’s easy to name ADL as a beneficiary:
• Simply request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator and add ADL as a full or partial beneficiary. You can often do this by logging into your account online.
• Clearly designate our legal name: Anti-Defamation League Foundation
• Include our tax identification number: 13-2887439
• Share your wishes with us! We hope you will let us know so we can thank you and confirm your intentions.
By taking advantage of this simple but effective way to give back, you’ll be helping ADL fight antisemitism for years to come.
Tax Smart Gift Options
You can get a tax break while fighting hate for good when you make a gift with your IRA. Learn how a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) can benefit you and download sample distribution forms at myplan.adl.org/qcd.
With recent changes to legislation under the SECURE Act 2.0, the age at which IRA holders must take their required minimum distribution (RMD) has been increased to 73. However, anyone age 70½ or older can still make QCDs to their favorite charities. Please consult your financial advisor when making your philanthropic decisions.
Also, donors are now able to take a one-time QCD from their IRA to fund a charitable gift annuity that pays a secure, fixed income stream. Our team would be happy to speak with you about the many creative ways you can benefit from this type of gift.
JOIN THE ADL LIVINGSTON LEGACY SOCIETY
The ADL Livingston Legacy Society is a special group of supporters who have made a transformational commitment to fighting hate for good by including ADL in their estate plans. Members of this dedicated group of supporters are not only making a lasting impact on our mission, but are also eligible to receive invitations to special events, exclusive impact reports and a dedicated staff liaison.