Legacy Stories

You give to JCFS in many ways – campaign donations, tributes to honor or remember someone, volunteer activities. As we thank you for these generous gifts, we ask you to consider another type of gift, one that will last beyond your lifetime – a legacy gift.

  • A legacy gift does not need to impact your current finances. It can be funded during your lifetime or distributed from your estate.
  • There is no minimum amount required.
  • You can designate a particular JCFS program to receive your support or let it be used where JCFS needs it most. It’s your choice.

By choosing to leave a legacy gift for JCFS, you help ensure that the caring, vital support you funded during your lifetime will continue for generations to come.

Your legacy gift, in any amount, is added to the JCFS Endowment Foundation. The endowment funds are invested and the income from that foundation is distributed every year to help JCFS programs deliver services to those in need. A legacy gift of $100,000 or more can establish a named endowment fund. A legacy gift in any amount can be directed to support a particular program or service. It’s your choice.

Legacy Stories

Ruth Levine’s Legacy

Leaving a Legacy through Charitable Gift Annuity

One woman’s story on how she supported adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

Ruth learned about the work JCFS was doing in Chicago. She visited a JCFS home for adults with I/DD and was impressed. Residents there and at similar JCFS homes are thriving as they take responsibility for their lives.

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Providing Resources for Teens

Providing Resources for Teens

Supporting the Larry Dobkin Memorial Endowment Fund gives teens the support they need through education and advocacy.

Established to honor Larry’s lifelong passion for helping others and his commitment to providing teens with the necessary services to build healthier lives by empowering them to make positive life choices through education and advocacy.

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Midge Perlman Shafton – Leaving a Strong Jewish Community for Her Children

Leaving a Strong Jewish Community for Her Children

The endowment fund would provide a source of support for generations to come

When she talks with her children and grandchildren about the gift in her estate for the JCFS Endowment Foundation, she tells them, “I’m not taking away from your inheritance. I’m just changing the form of it because it’s important that I help to leave you a strong Jewish community.”

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Providing Resources for Adoptive Families

Providing Resources for Adoptive Families

The Susan M. Katz Adoptive Family Fund surpassed the initial $100,000 goal and continues to grow

The fund supports a wide range of services for Jewish adoptive families, as well as birth families and adult adoptees including guidance in navigating the adoption process, social events for adoptive Jewish families, support groups and educational programs.

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Be There Beyond Your Lifetime

Leave a Legacy

Be there beyond your lifetime

You give to JCFS in many ways – campaign donations, tributes to honor or remember someone, volunteer activities. As we thank you for these generous gifts, we ask you to consider another type of gift, one that will last beyond your lifetime – a legacy gift.

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