New trustees join vital Community Foundation

New trustees, Bernard Osrin and Suzanne Ackerman-Berman

The David Susman Community Foundation is proud to welcome to its board two new trustees: Bernard Osrin and Suzanne Ackerman-Berman.

Bernard attended Herzlia for 12 years, Hebrew University of Jerusalem for one year and UCT (University of Cape Town) for four years. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and established Osrin Advisory, a financial advisory practice in Cape Town. Bernard is currently involved with Glendale, Herzlia, Highlands House, NSRI, Red Cross Children’s Hospital and the United Jewish Campaign. He is married to Shelley with whom he has three children; Matthew, Megan and Jessica.

Suzanne graduated from UCT with a BA in French and Politics. After graduation she furthered her studies in Europe and received extensive training in retail management before settling in France, where as an entrepreneur, she ran her own businesses for 7 years. On her return to South Africa, she joined the family supermarket business, Pick n Pay. In 2007 she founded the Small Business Incubator that seeks to address the social and economic inequalities of the past created by the apartheid era, by providing access to the formal market for small and previously disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

Suzanne assists many new entrepreneurs in all aspects of business and life skills through a detailed mentorship programme that ensures their sustainability as suppliers to the broader economy. Suzanne currently heads up the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation, Enterprise Development and all corporate social initiatives that now fall under the ‘People n Planet’ portfolio. She lives in Cape Town with her husband Paul Berman, and has three adult children.

The David Susman Community Foundation is a capital reserve fund, set up 11 years ago to future proof the community against any disruption to vital communal services. The Community Foundation was envisaged to play a role if, G-D forbid, the campaign lost donors during any given campaign year and cover unforeseen urgent expenditure within the community. The founding mandate calls for only income to be expended, with the stated objective to build the capital base for the future.

With the ensuing trauma and challenges of Covid-19, the trustees of the Community Foundation have approved further disbursements during these unprecedented times. In addition to R2 million which was made available in February to the UJC to cover the anticipated shortfall in their 2020 campaign, a further R3 million has now been pledged to the community’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

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