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June 15, 2018  RSS feed

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TOP Jewish Foundation appoints new executive director

Ellen Weiss Ellen Weiss The TOP Jewish Foundation selected Ellen Weiss as its new executive director, effective last month.

The leadership transition was relatively seamless as Weiss has been on the TOP staff since the beginning of 2016 and, most recently, served as the Foundation’s associate executive director, working alongside Emilie Socash, TOP’s former executive director.

“Ellen is assuming the role of executive director at a critical point in our growth. We are confident in her ability to tap her experience and talent to propel us to the next stage in our organization’s evolution,” said Jeffrey Herman, TOP board president.

Weiss said she is “honored to work closely with donors and organizations that care so deeply about the future of our Jewish community.” Her primary focus will be managing funds for donors, continuing to build the legacy program and expanding the organization geographically to provide the services of a Jewish foundation in communities where one doesn’t exist.

Weiss has had significant success at TOP in forging new relationships, notably expanding TOP’s territory to include the Naples Jewish community.

Weiss brings 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit management and corporate marketing. Before joining TOP, she spearheaded the countrywide expansion of the Children’s Heart Foundation, creating the only national nonprofit that exclusively funds congenital heart defect research. She is an executive committee member, as well as a past president of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. She holds an MBA from New York University and a BA from Brandeis University.

Weiss follows Socash, whose six-year leadership propelled the Foundation from $35 million in assets under management to nearly $50 million. Socash brought the Life & Legacy program to TOP, which secured close to 500 legacy gifts with an estimated future value of $15 million. For the past three years, Socash split her time between TOP and serving as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. She will now focus her attention solely on the federation.

With a portfolio of more than 600 donor-advised, endowment and institutional funds, TOP serves hundreds of individuals, families and organizations. TOP was founded with the original intention of serving the Jewish community in central Florida. More recently, the Foundation recognized the need for its unique services well beyond the three-community Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas region and now works closely with donors and organizations throughout Florida and a handful of other states. TOP’s unique anti-terror and pro-Israel investment policy as well as its focus on providing philanthropic consulting service resonates with donors who collectively aim to ensure the financial strength of our Jewish communities.

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