A large number of studies have found that philanthropic giving seems to have health benefits that include life satisfaction and better intra-family relations, as well as some positive effects on physical health. If you equate “net worth” with dollar signs only, you may be missing out on other kinds of measuring devices, such as human, intellectual, and spiritual capital. They are important tools to understanding a family’s or individual’s net worth.
The Endowment has begun to adopt these concepts, and has as its basic agenda the notion of “friend-raising”, not fundraising. The Endowment’s mission is to help you realize how your values can be the “bottom line” of your legacy.
Find out more about how planned giving and legacy opportunities can work for you, your family, and your community by contacting our Donor Relations Coordinator, x309 at the Jewish Federation of Western, CT. All information received is held in strictest confidence.
Why the Pomegranate?
The pomegranate, our Foundation’s logo, has long symbolized life in many cultures. It has special meaning in Jewish culture because its seeds were thought to physically represent the 613 commandments of Judaism. The pomegranate stands for a productive future and a significant past.
Why Create a Legacy?
Make it a family tradition for future generations to ensure that Jewish history and values are not forgotten. Our children will know what it means to be Jewish and take pride in our traditions. You can pass on the legacy of those who came before us and help build a brighter future.
Cash gifts can be used to set up a Donor Advised or Designated Fund, or any planned giving program. IRS rules for cash, checks or any monetary gift require that the donor provide a bank record or a written communication from the Foundation.
Real estate of any kind, such as a piece of land, house, or commercial property, can be given to the Foundation, usually requiring an assessment and an environmental review. Our policy is to sell such property immediately, except in the case of a life estate.
Listing the Foundation in your will is considered a charitable bequest. You can include the Foundation for a percentage of the estate, a specific amount, or by specific assets of stock or real estate.
“To give away money is an easy matter and in anyone’s power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large, and when, and for what purpose, is neither in every person’s power nor an easy matter. Hence it is that such excellence is rare and praiseworthy and noble.”