The Jewish Community Foundation fulfills its mission by communicating, educating and motivating donors, and by providing opportunities for philanthropy. The following programs have been created to help inspire a wide range of individuals and families to join in our sacred mission of repairing the world.
The B’nai Tzedek (“children of justice”) program introduces youth who have just celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvah to the value and rewards of philanthropy, and provides an exciting way to give and become involved with local Jewish organizations. Participants learn about community needs and how nonprofits deliver services. Since the program’s inception in 2001, B’nai Tzedek fundholders have donated nearly $225,000 to community agencies.
J-LEAD (Jewish Leadership, Education, Action and Development) is the Jewish Community Foundation’s giving circle for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Through J-LEAD, a member can:
- Increase the impact of their charitable dollars
- Learn more about giving opportunities and community needs
- Have networking opportunities
- Make new friends
- Develop skills to become philanthropic leaders
Since 2005, J-LEAD members have collectively granted more than $325,000 to community organizations.
Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) is the Foundation's effort to help secure the long-term future of our programs and institutions through an emphasis on planned giving. CJL is the next generation of the Foundation’s highly successful Bushman Community Endowment (BCE) program which was launched in 2007 as a way to help local Jewish agencies and congregations learn to better cultivate planned gifts. Through BCE and now CJL, an estimated $42 million in current and future planned gift commitments have been secured from more than 440 donors.
Through this effort, the Foundation provides communal agencies and synagogues comprehensive educational training, one-on-one consulting and marketing support to ensure the highest degree of success. The goals of the program are:
1. To secure planned gifts from members of the Jewish community in support of local Jewish agencies and synagogues.
2. To ensure the highest level of stewardship of existing planned giving donors.
3. To develop strong leadership and technical skills in securing bequests and building endowments.
4. To build public awareness about the power of bequests and endowments.