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Jewish engage in certain activities with the countries of Iran and steps necessary to ensure that our portfolio is not Su n. We felt that we want more, and through the or indirectly holding interests in any of these scrutinized out "scrutinized" companies from our portfolio. In an anal is of impact on the inves ent returns, we Floridas We base our practice on the 2007 "Protecting " ' placed on our investments. Investment" act. On a basis, the State of Florida reviews international and US-based companies that engage We maintain our commitment to stop our community in specific activities with these two countries and distributes resources from supporting terrorism, all the while focusing a list of companies that are new to the screening, that have Emilie Socash, Executive Director I've worked in the field of Jewish communal service for a decade now, and for me, TOP represents all of the things that matter most in building Jewish community: the opportunity for transformative growth, for very meaningful contribution, and for great impact. In early 2012, TOP instituted the anti-terror investment policy that has become the hallmark of our work. In casual conversation, we say that we're keeping the com- munity's money out of the wrong hands. Probably more interesting is the fact that we're getting the community's money into the right hands: in the 2012-13 fiscal year, the organization distributed over $5.4m to over 360 organizations. Debby Gendzier, TOP President Serving as a long-time trustee and now as president of TOP this year has been one of remarkable transition. During this year, we've done more in our community than ever: more fund raising, more grant making, and more presence. And this sense of doing more is certainly only going to increase in the coming years. Gone are the days when an organization like TOP can exist as solely a trusted adviser and community resource, and we're stepping up our level of involvement in the community to ensure we're keeping pace v, ith community expectations. We're working to offer those setting up funds at TOP and interested parties direct access to our managers at Goldman Sachs through educational events, in-person meetings, and conference calls and we are looking to make a difference beyond the balance sheet in establishing and strengthening our presence in the community. We do what we do--as leaders, as trustees, and community members--because it is the highest form of tzedakah, and I'm very proud of the work that we together have been able to accomplish in this year. Our trustees have served in a variety of capacities over the past few years, bearing the burden of instituting an anti-terror investment policy, restructuring our foundation management, and changing our money management team. In the coming year, they will turn their attention to the work of educating the community about what TOP is and does. From my vantage point, TOP is positioned as the finest resource for building Jewish life, caring for those in need, and securing a future that is vibrant and diverse. As you can see from the list of organizations that TOP has supported, our impact is broad and global. We welcome the opportunity to help you become a part of this vision, and I encour- age you to consider contacting TOP to leave your legacy. There's no better way to care for our shared future.