1880 Society

In 1880, a group of wealthy businessmen and financiers in St Petersburg saw that Russia’s Jews desperately needed education and training to make a living in their industrializing society. They spearheaded the raising of $10 million in today’s money to create ORT and the rest,as they say, is history.

Since 2004, scores of major philanthropists with a similar belief in the power of education have joined The 1880 Society, World ORT’s elite donors’ group, contributing tens of millions of dollars to World ORT projects in Jewish communities across five continents.

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

The following tiers apply to donations accumulated over 3 consecutive years.  Each member receives a specially minted medal with display stand and a commemorative booklet.

  • Bronze Member- $100,000
  • Silver Member- $250,000
  • Life Member – $500,000
  • Platinum Member  – $1million

Thousands of young people around the world benefit from the support of our generous donors, members of the 1880 Society. They wanted to say thank you.