Jewish nonprofit of Jacksonville honors donors with name change
A 105-year-old agency serving all faiths
The family of Jacksonville philanthropist Lawrence “Laurie” Jay Dubow and his late wife, Linda Jo DuBow, made a “substantial” donation to Jewish Family and Community Services that the initials of their parents have been added to the name of the association.
The family and the agency declined to disclose the amount of the donation.
But the intention of the DuBow Family Foundation donation was not just to honor the DuBow patriarch and matriarch, but to secure the future of the organization, according to Colleen Rodriguez, CEO of what is now called The LJD Jewish Family & Community Services. She said part of the “transformative” donation will create an endowment, which is a fund created to provide long-term support to a particular organization or cause.
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“The children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren of Laurie Jay DuBow and Linda Jo DuBow honor them with a substantial donation,” she said. “We couldn’t be prouder to carry the names of two such amazing people who have meant so much to the agency, to the people we serve, and to our community.”
Linda DuBow died in 2019.
“Their donation … will help ensure that JFCS can continue to provide the essential services that people rely on for many years to come,” Rodriguez said.
Founded in 1917, the agency offers a range of services to people of all faiths, including a food bank, emergency financial assistance, adoption services, counseling and child abuse prevention. It also provides services to Jewish life, such as assistance to Holocaust survivors.
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Generous and caring family
The DuBow family are longtime supporters, so Linda DuBow would be “thrilled” at the name change, Lawrence DuBow said.
“She would be very excited because Jewish Family & Community Services is an agency that she had a strong feeling for. It’s an agency that she really respected and wanted to help,” he said. “It’s especially important because of the work they do in the community — not just helping Jewish families, but all families in need. It’s an integral part of who we are and what we do.”
In a video, DuBow, 90, said his family’s tradition of giving began with his mother. She would always help anyone who came to her Chicago doorstep looking for food or money, he said.
“She didn’t give much because she didn’t have much,” he said.
But watching her charity made an impression on her son.
“I never forgot it,” he said. “It was a good lesson.”
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DuBow came from a family of pharmacists – his father, uncles and cousins - and he followed the same career path. He then served in the Korean War, worked as a pharmacist, and eventually became “a giant pharmaceutical wholesaler, distributing drugs to pharmacies across the country.” according to the University of Floridawhich he supported in multiple ways.
For the school’s only College of Pharmacy, he established the DuBow Family Scholars, a graduate student education fund, and served on program development and national boards and as an advisory board member. from the College of Pharmacy.
He and his wife had been married for almost 60 years, he said in the video, and had not only the same initials, but the “same personality”. He always consulted her on her philanthropic decisions.
“We were best friends,” he said. “I respected her opinion. She had good answers, better insight…and a feeling for people than me.”
DuBow has long been active in the community, not just philanthropically, but as a civic leader. He has served on the boards of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, HabiJax, WJCT, United Way of Northeast Florida, and Jacksonville Housing Authority. He was an early partner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and a member of the host committee for Super Bowl XXXIX.
In 2020, the DuBow family was part of a group of philanthropists who collectively donated at least $1 million over three years to a 904WARDa civic group working to end racism in Jacksonville.
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He collaborates with his entire family in philanthropic activities, sometimes carried out through the DuBow Family Foundation. They are particularly supportive of organizations that serve children, such as Jewish Family & Community Services, which DuBow called a “one-stop agency.”
“He provides so many services and looks after people in need and people who need assistance and help, all rolled into one agency to make sure they not only survive but thrive,” did he declare.
The latest donation also includes an endowment that “stays there forever,” he said. It will gain momentum and interest in supporting other programs.
“It’s important to give while you’re still alive,” DuBow said. “I’ve never seen a Brinks truck in a funeral procession.”
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LJD JEWISH FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
The main office is located at 8540 Baycenter Road in Jacksonville, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The pantry is at 6261 Dupont Station Court with hours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
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