Symposium Co-Chairs: Julie Bender Silver and David Silver

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Julie Bender Silver and David Silver along with their children Jason, Jena and Nikki and Julie’s parents Sondra and Howard Bender.

Juile Bender Silver and David Silver

Julie Bender Silver and her husband David Silver are committed to helping families understand the potential their contributions to community and nonprofit programs can make.  It was their vision to bring multiple generations of family philanthropists together to explore “next generation contributions” that served as the catalyst behind development of this symposium.

The Bender Foundation, Inc. based in Washington, D.C. represents the essence of how families are strategizing today to incorporate next generation contributions.   Started by Julie Bender Silver’s grandfather, the foundation continued under the leadership of her father Howard and mother Sondra and today Julie serves as President of the Bender Foundation, Inc.   Julie’s husband, David Silver serves on the Bender Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors. 

Julie and David’s children Jena, Jason and Nikki integrated into the legacy of Bender family philanthropy early and today Jena serves on the recently established Junior Board for the Bender Foundation, Inc.  Each family member is also deeply involved in a variety of nonprofit programs.

Beyond their work with the Bender Foundation, Inc., over the last decade, Julie and David have co-chaired over a dozen nonprofit, service based events drawing deep philanthropic connections on behalf of their community and the people those organizations serve.  This spring they will be honored with the 2011 Benjamin Ourisman Memorial Award for Civic Achievement.  Among the many community events they have co-chaired include the Juvenile Diabetes Gala;  the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Gala; The Holocaust Museum's Book and Author Luncheon honoring Holocaust Survivor, Gerta Weissman Klein; the Second Genesis Gala, the Suburban Hospital's Gala, Discovery Creek Children's Museum Gala, and the American Heart Association's Heart Ball along with the Bender Family.

Julie’s role as president of the Bender Foundation, Inc. has melded her passion for serving the community with strategic intersections in advancing her family’s philanthropic mission.  As president she has reinvigorated and reorganized family participation with quarterly board meetings and the creation of the next generation's Junior Board.  The Bender Foundation, Inc contributes to over 70 nonprofit organizations annually.

Julie Bender Silver created a career of leadership and community service; as an activist, volunteer, fundraiser, and philanthropist. Her first real exposure to volunteeringbegan when shejoined Service Guild of Washington, a group ofwomen who volunteer their time to projects important to the community. She became Service Guild president in 1986-88. As a member of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Board witha degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Early Childhood Education and teaching experience (1977),Sheco-founded the Bender-Dosik Parenting Center, where parents of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds, find support, discuss parenting values, and seek advice from child development experts. Silver remains involved in the JCC and the Parenting Center. She was also instrumental in finding and launching a second site, at Glen Echo, for Discovery Creek Children's Museum. As an active board member, she led and participated in development, capital campaigns, fundraising events, and site renovations, including its successful Rolling Rainforest. Since 1994, the museum has educated more than 35,000 students, teachers, and families in a living laboratory of science, art and history exploration. Julie co-created "Paws for a Cause" a “bring your dog” event to raise money for the Friends of the Hebrew University Veterinary School. The event is in its third year having hosted guest speakers including the author of "Marley and Me" and Cesar Millan, 'the dog whisperer'. At least four other cities have followed the model to date. Beyond her work with the Bender Foundation, Inc.,  Julie has served on the board of directors for a dozen nonprofit organizations including, Second Genesis (a drug/alcohol rehabilitation group), the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, the Regional Center for Infants& Young Children (now the Lourie Center), Discovery Creek Children's Museum (now Living Classrooms), and Friends of the Hebrew University. Her skills as a fundraiser have benefited numerous institutions, such as the American Heart Association, Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, the Jewish Social Service Agency, the National Children's Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Hebrew University Veterinary School, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Today she also chairs the committee of advisors at Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

Two of Julie’s distinguished honors for her deep work in the community include the Jewish Women International's 2004 Community Leadership Award and a 2005 Athena nomination by the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County, Maryland.

David C. Silver is a Partner in the law firm of Holland & Knight. He practices in the areas of real estate acquisition, development, financing and commercial leasing. His practice includes the representation of large developers, pension funds and institutional owners, as well as large corporations in connection with their real estate activities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and nationally. He has been recognized as a distinguished real estate attorney by many legal publications, including Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, The Best Lawyers in America guide and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine. He co-chairs Holland & Knight's Office and Industrial Leasing Team and is a certified public accountant.

David’s service to community also runs deep, serving on the Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, MD) - Board of Trustees and Finance Committee; Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore, MD) - Audit, Compliance and Insurance Committee and Anti-Defamation League - Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Co-Chair of Development Committee. Additionally, his work with nonprofit interests includes chairing the Holland & Knight Holocaust Remembrance Project and Co-chairing the Lehigh University "Preserving the Vision" capital campaign.

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