Oct 31, 2020
Jon, David, and Carol discuss the power of GIVING!
Hebrew Free Loan Detroit Mission Statement
Hebrew Free Loan of Metropolitan Detroit provides financial help to Jewish people in the state of Michigan through the lending of money without interest. We help people in accordance with the core Jewish values of respect, compassion, and confidentiality.
Hebrew Free Loan Detroit Vision Statement
Hebrew Free Loan’s biblical directive is to lend money without interest to help Jewish people have better lives. Our goal is to match that directive with the needs of the 21st century Metropolitan Detroit (and all of Michigan) Jewish Community.
Carolyn Tisdale, Hebrew Free Loan Detroit
Carolyn Tisdale graduated from Cornell University in 1981. She received her JD from Boston University in 1986 and her LLM in Taxation from New York University in 1989.
Previously, she was the general counsel for LarC Properties where she provided legal counsel for a business enterprise that acquires and rehabilitates affordable housing. Prior to that position, she was an attorney at Seyburn, Kahn specializing in taxation and estate planning. She also served on the international tax staff of General Motors.
Carolyn is currently the President of Hebrew Free Loan, an organization that provides interest-free loans to Jewish persons in need. She is a past chairperson of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, a grant-making organization focusing on addressing the needs of Jewish women and girls. She also serves on the Board of Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Detroit, where she has served as co-chair of the Sabra Division and the Lion of Judah Division. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger, and the Michigan Chapter of the American Technion Society.
Carolyn resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She has three children, Jason (26), Rachel (24), and Lauren (24).
David Contorer, Executive Director, Hebrew Free Loan
David Contorer became Executive Director of Hebrew Free Loan Detroit in October 2011. Prior to that, David spent six years as Director of Philanthropic Services at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan—helping charitable organizations to build assets, strengthen boards, and promote donor stewardship. From 1995 – 2005, David worked in the Jewish Federations of Greater Philadelphia and Metropolitan Detroit fundraising through annual campaigns, endowment, and corporate/foundation grants. Since 2011, David has also served as secretary for a private foundation, overseeing charitable grants to help the Metro Detroit Jewish and the general community.
David was born in Portland, Oregon and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served two years with Teach for America as a middle school English teacher to immigrant children in Houston, Texas. David then earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work and certificate of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. In December 2016, David earned his MBA from the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he is now a temporary faculty member, teaching a course on Impact Investing. David is active with the International Association of Jewish Free Loans, helping 45 free-loan agencies across the globe to build capacity and enhance their services.
Since 1996, David has been happily married to Beth (an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration), and they have two daughters—Danielle and Maya. David enjoys cycling, swimming, cross-country skiing, Krav Maga, reading historical fiction, and doing New York Times crossword puzzles.
David has a passion for philanthropy and providing impact to help others help themselves to better lives and to improve neighborhoods and communities.
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