About the ORT 1880 Society
The 1880 Society was created in June 2004 on the occasion of ORT’s 125th anniversary to attract, recognize and nurture donors who were able to support the organization and its vital programs at the highest levels. Thanks to the generosity and vision of the 1880 Society members, ORT has been able to extend new opportunities to new generations.
The 1880 Society takes its name from the year of ORT’s founding when influential Russian industrialists Samuel Poliakov, Baron Horace de Gunzburg and Nikolai Bakst wrote to 10,000 Jews throughout the Russian empire asking them to contribute funds to help alleviate the poverty of millions of Jews by providing them with the tools and training to make a decent living. Within a short time more than 200,000 Roubles – today’s equivalent of about $10 million – had been raised. This mission is as relevant today as it was then.
The 1880 Society ensures consistent stewardship of ORT’s most generous donors. By making donors feel valued and informed, we hope to inspire them to continue their support and encourage others to join.
The 1880 Society consists of four membership levels:
Gifts may be paid over a four-year period. To remain a member of the 1880 Society, renewal of a member’s Silver or Bronze membership is required every four years. Gold and Platinum level supporters receive lifetime membership.
Traditionally, 1880 Society member’s names were inscribed on a commemorative parchment scroll that had been specially designed in Jerusalem. They also were presented with Coins (Bronze, Silver or Gold according to their giving level) specially minted for World ORT by the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation featuring portraits of ORT’s founding fathers on one side and the name of the Israeli capital in 12 languages on the other.
Membership of the 1880 Society entitles donors to:
Canadian 1880 Society Members:
Ruth Druxerman z”l – Bronze Member
Bluma Appel z”l- Life Member
Franklin Moskoff Q.C. – Life Member
Seymour Schulich – Platinum Member