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There are many ways you can help the Jewish Fund for Justice fight the injustice of poverty in America. The Jewish Fund for Justice raises funds for general operating support through the annual campaign. Gifts may be made in cash, or in assets of any kind. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization, the Jewish Fund for Justice offers donors maximum tax advantages by the IRS code.

We also offer donors the chance to connect tzedakah with life cycle events and to act on special philanthropic interests.

Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) program gives young Jews the opportunity to financially help struggling youth in America to fight poverty. Parents, grandparents, or friends can establish a YEF in honor of a young person, such as one celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah by making a minimum gift of $1000 (plus a one-time $100 administrative fee). The Fund may be added to at any time. The Jewish Fund for Justice acknowledges each YEF in its Annual Report, unless anonymity is requested.

Once a year, from the time the Fund is created until the child turns 21, the Jewish Fund for Justice provides information to the YEF honorees about the activities of several community-based organizations across the country that address the issues and problems directly affecting low-income youth and asks them to select a group to receive the interest from their YEF.

Thus, each year the kids get information about what other kids are doing to improve the world and every year the kids practice hands-on philanthropy--they evaluate the activities of different social justice organizations and make a decision about where their money is best spent. Then, when they turn 21, they can choose to distribute the principal to support JFJ’s grantmaking program or to convert their fund to a Family Fund at JFJ.

By establishing a YEF to honor a young person on the occasion of his or her Bar/Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, graduation or other important life cycle event, you enhance the ritual and spiritual significance of those events. By engaging young people in thoughtful philanthropy, the YEF program encourages the development of life-long patterns of concern, action and informed involvement.

Wedding Fund

A Jewish Fund for Justice Wedding Fund marks the joyous simcha of a marriage or commitment ceremony with the creation of a special fund to help low income people who are fighting poverty. The fund can be established by the couple, by family members or friends in the couple’s name, or by a combination of the two. As Wedding Fund honorees, the couple has the opportunity to direct tzedakah money from the Fund to organizations supported by the Jewish Fund for Justice that are promoting economic justice in their community. Established with a minimum gift of $1,500, a Wedding Fund is spent down over the three years. Each year, JFJ will send the couple descriptions of several worthy organizations, and they can elect to earmark one-third of their Fund plus any accrued interest to one of these groups. Alternatively, they may elect to direct their tzedakah to one of JFJ’s six areas of grantmaking: Building Community, Economic Justice, Women in Poverty/Purim Fund, Assisting New Americans, Investing in Youth, or Jewish Social Justice Groups. Or the couple may choose to direct their funds to a specific community in which JFJ makes a significant number of grants.

Family Endowment Fund:

Perpetuating socially responsible values by memorializing family members who lives were devoted to social justice, or by marking a special family event.

Purim Fund for Women in Poverty:

Directing gifts to grassroots programs run by and for women living in poverty. Proceeds from the Annual Women of Valor, which honors outstanding women leaders, go to the Purim Fund.

Donor-Advised Gifts:

Donors who contribute at least $1,000 to the annual campaign can act on their special interests by directing additional gifts to grantees and other groups that meet grantmaking guidelines. The Jewish Fund for Justice will carry out the same due diligence applied to all of our grantmaking.

Planned Giving:

Making gifts of assets, which offer tax advantages to the donor and his/her estate and can be designed to assure income for the donor or others. With the advice of a tax or legal professional and JFJ, a planned gift benefits donors, their families, and the Jewish Fund for Justice.


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