Janet and David Desmon

Recipients of the 2016 Endowment Leadership Award

On October 19, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies presented the Endowment Leadership Award to Janet and David Desmon. Both honorees have, throughout their lives, demonstrated their extraordinary commitment to the Jewish community. 

Click here to watch a video honoring the Desmons. 

Janet served as President of the Buffalo Jewish Federation from 2000 to 2002 as well as General Chair of the United Jewish Fund Campaign and Chair of Women's Philanthropy. She received the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award from the Jewish Federations of North America in 2004. Janet currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo where she has taken on numerous fundraising responsibilities.  She also has served on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service and Weinberg Campus.  Janet was the recipient of the prestigious Nathan Benderson Award from the Buffalo Jewish Federation in 2006.

David served as President of the Buffalo Jewish Federation from 2012 to 2014. He served on the Board of Temple Beth Zion for over 20 years, including a term as President. He is on the Board of the WNY Planned Giving Consortium and the Leave a Legacy Program of WNY.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of MusicalFare Theatre and the WNED Foundation.

The Desmons were honored with the Community Relations Award by the Buffalo Chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 2004. 

David and Janet have been generous donors to the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies for decades, establishing endowment and charitable funds for the benefit of a wide variety of causes. Their significant contributions to our community will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.



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