Susan Wexner has focused her philanthropy on training the next generation of Jewish leadership. Wexner’s parents, Harry and Bella Wexner, ran a women’s clothing shop in Columbus, OH from 1951–1964, when they joined their son, Leslie, in his new enterprise The Limited. With the profits from the multi-million dollar company, each member of the family became a philanthropist in their own right, focusing on different areas of need. In honor of her parents, Susan Wexner created the Legacy Heritage Fund, and still serves as president as of 2017. The Legacy Heritage Fund supports several projects to improve Jewish life, including a multi-track Teacher’s Institute for Jewish day school teachers; Legacy Learning Labs, which allow day schools and camps to experiment with new ways of approaching art, text study, and STEM subjects; the Nachshon Project to train the next generation of Jewish leadership; OnBoard, which teaches lay leaders the skills to fundraise and lead Jewish organizations more effectively; and Project Accelerate, which helps established Jewish nonprofit organizations evolve to continue fulfilling their missions effectively.
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