Restricted funds may be established at the Jewish Community Foundation with a minimum of $10,000. There are two primary types of restrictions: spending and use.
Choosing which type of restricted fund is right for you will depend on your philanthropic goals.
The most common spending restrictions are endowments. Endowments are charitable funds that create an income stream for long-term use. They are funds intended to last “in perpetuity” and provide ongoing support that may be relied upon year after year. Generally, a percentage of the fund’s market value (usually around 5%) is distributed annually.
Virtually all other funds are expendable funds. Expendable funds are not limited by the amount that can be distributed from them. Therefore, the assets of an expendable fund usually diminish and are spent down over time.
Regardless of spending restrictions, funds may also be restricted as to use or purpose.
Funds can be established for support of a specific program, organization or particular field of interest. Distributions from these funds are usually made upon request by the designated disbursing authority (typically an agency, congregation, or program director) or committee and are restricted to those purposes described in the fund agreement.
“I’m delighted to have established the Gensheimer Jewish History Fund, which I’ve used to support research on several small Midwestern Jewish communities. My interest in the history of American Jewish philanthropy began as an outgrowth of my work as a board member of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, so setting up the fund at the JCF seemed to make perfect sense.”
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