Planned Giving

Why Now?

All of our communities benefit every year from donors who created legacy gifts: gifts of permanence (endowments) that support our annual campaigns, operations and community programs. Contributions from endowments are critical source of ongoing annual funding that helps to make possible much of the vibrant, diverse Jewish experience from which we benefit today.

Furthermore, at this very moment, our collective ability to respond to this evolving pandemic is made possible because of the generosity and foresight of our donors who created endowments.

A legacy gift is a fundamental act of faith – when we leave these gifts, we do not know what is going to happen in the future, but we are driven by a belief in the future of the Jewish people.

How It Works

There are many giving options for donors to deepen their connection to Jewish life and community. Federations and Jewish Community Foundations across the Jewish ecosystem work with donors to find the best vehicles that meets their goals and needs.

These include, but are not limited to Donor Advised Funds (DAF), Supporting Organization (SO) and varied endowments, like Lion of Judah Endowment, Unrestricted Endowments and others.


Your Philanthropic Advisor

When considering gift planning strategies, you should always consult with your own legal and tax advisors. A philanthropic advisor at your Federation would be happy to work with you and your professional advisors to design a gift plan that will serve your needs and interests, as well as those of the Jewish community.

View JFNA's Endowment Gifts Policy and its Charitable Solicitation Disclosure Statement.



If you are a trustee, executor or attorney administering a trust or estate with JFNA as beneficiary, please contact:

Sarah C. Moskowitz
Manager, Trusts and Estates Administration
The Jewish Federations of North America, Inc.
25 Broadway, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: 212-284-6768.

Please note that as described in our Notice of Merger and Name Changes, JFNA is the legal successor to United Jewish Communities, Inc., United Jewish Appeal, Inc. and Council of Jewish Federations, Inc., and many trusts and estates drafted over the past several decades refer to our predecessors. If you are administering a trust or estate with United Jewish Communities, Inc., United Jewish Appeal, Inc. or Council of Jewish Federations, Inc. as beneficiary, please contact Sarah Moskowitz (contact details above).

*Source: JFNA 2016 Annual Endowment Survey



in grants made system-wide, 60% of which support Jewish organizations*


the proportion of Annual Campaign revenues contributed from endowment funds, supporting foundations and donor advised funds*