Give a gift that keeps on giving – literally!
Looking for the perfect gift for a wedding, graduation, homecoming or B’nai Mitzvah? We’ve got you covered! We offer a variety of funds that can be given, pre-established and pre-funded, in the name of the recipient. Regardless of the occasion, a charitable fund at the Jewish Community Foundation is a meaningful way to pass on your values and tradition of tzedakah.
Philanthropic gifts for the socially conscious next generation are on the rise. “We’re inviting our donors to consider ‘gift funds’ as a way to engage their own family members in philanthropic values,” says Josh Stein, JCF Director of Fund Development. “The process to a establish fund is very simple, and the donor can literally ‘put a bow’ on the fund agreement document or membership certificate. The donor then presents it to the child or grandchild as a gift. Both giver and receiver love the experience.”
Here are some creative ways to give the gift of philanthropy:
Donor Advised Funds
A Donor Advised Fund, our premier charitable giving account, is a wonderful wedding, graduation, or milestone birthday gift. A Donor Advised Fund enables fundholders to efficiently and effectively support all of their favorite charities on their own timetable. Funds are professionally invested and reduce the administrative burden of tracking individual tax receipts. Donor Advised Funds can be a great way to involve multiple generations in philanthropy and communicate and preserve charitable values.
Another meaningful gift to consider is a membership to J-LEAD, the Foundation’s giving circle for adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. J-LEAD makes grants from funds collected by its members and, by pooling resources together and collectively making grant decisions, J-LEAD members can achieve a greater good than any one member could do alone. A J-LEAD membership is the perfect graduation gift or homecoming gift for a young adult who has recently moved to Kansas City. Because J-LEAD has several educational and social programs throughout the year, it is a great way to meet new people and create meaningful connections in the community.
B’nai Tzedek Funds introduce Bar and Bat Mitzvah-age youth to the joys of philanthropy. Funds can be opened in the name of the recipient and once a year, the teen fundholder may give from his/her fund to the Jewish charity of his/her choice. Once their funds have been established, many teens ask that their B’nai Mitzvah gifts be directed into their funds so that they have more money to give to charity. B’nai Tzedek Funds are a terrific way to engage teens in philanthropy and introduce them to the needs of the community.
For more information about gifting philanthropic funds at the Foundation, contact Josh Stein at 913-327-8121.