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A legacy is etched into the minds of others
and the stories they share about you.

– Shannon L. Adler

Making a Commitment is Simple

  • A commitment does not need to impact your current finances and can be funded during one’s lifetime or distributed from one’s estate
  • A commitment can be as small as $1,000
  • A commitment can be directed to a specific program or area of interest

Gifts from your Estate:


Bequests are specific gifts through your will that allow you to retain your assets during your lifetime, provide tax advantages and ensure that the values you share with JCC Chicago will impact future generations. If you have already arranged to include JCC Chicago in your estate plans, please let us know so that we may honor and recognize your generosity.

Life Insurance

Life insurance is an inexpensive and easy way to make a significant future gift to an organization. Donors with life insurance they no longer need can assign dividends or policy ownership to the JCC Chicago Endowment Foundation. Another option is to designate the JCC Endowment Foundation as the beneficiary of an existing policy.

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Life Income Plans

Life Income Plans are an excellent way to create your legacy, benefit from tax deductions and earn high rates of return that can provide income for your loved ones. Possibilities include:

  • Charitable Gift Annuities: In return for a gift of cash, securities or property, the donor receives a fixed annual dollar amount.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts: Donors can make an irrevocable transfer of cash or appreciated assets to a charitable remainder trust, which is administered by a trustee. The income from the trust then goes to the donor’s designated beneficiary.

Gifts you can give now:

  • This can be a one-time or multi-year gift.
Appreciated, marketable securities
  • Incurs no capital gains tax
  • Provides a tax deduction for the fair market value
  • Can be donated to The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago Endowment Foundation to fund your legacy gift


Please note that there are additional vehicles available, including those that provide income during your lifetime. Please consult with a financial or estate planning professional to understand the implications of a gift for your circumstances and goals.

Legacy Giving Opportunities  Declaration of Intent


Named Endowment Funds
We provide an opportunity for you to establish a permanent endowment in your name or in honor of a loved one, making a difference today and for future generations. Please call us to discuss your specific interests and to learn more about endowment giving opportunities.

JCC Chicago Endowment Foundation
Created in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, our endowment was created to ensure the future of JCC Chicago and its vital programs.  All gifts are recognized as support to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.  These funds enable us to:

  • Continue providing financial and geographic access to programs and services
  • Strengthen Jewish identity and community
  • Develop and deliver innovative programs and services; and
  • Cultivate future leaders in the Jewish community

Members Inspiring the Future

Robert Abt
     in honor of Mel Hecktman
Ben and Maxine Arkes
Cathy and Edward Atkins*
Ann and Bruce Bachmann
Lisa Lieberman Barzilai and Morris Barzilai *
Robin and Allen Berg*
Charlotte Berlin^
Estate of Alice Blum
Harold and Linda Chizewer
     in Memory of Jack and Ester Chizewer
Susan and Avrum I. Cohen^
Avrum and Susan Cohen Scholarship Fund
Norman and Gail W. Cutler
Edith and David A. DeMar Philanthropic Fund^
Estate of Betty Durchslag
Charles E. and Debbie Frank*
Keith and Robin Frank
Mrs. Zollie S. (Elaine) Frank^
Elaine S. Frank Scholarship Fund
Kyle and Wendy Freimuth*
Lawrence and Darlene Gilford*^
Estate of Mary Goldstein
Jack L. Goldwyn Estate
Addie and Sam Goodman*
The Molly Goodman Fund
Emily and Daniel Gottlieb*
Ron and Julie Gould*
Marti Greenberg and Ben Walanka*
Sara and Andrew Grossmann*
Madelon and Charles Gryll^
Mark and Penina Hartman*
Hall of Fame Heritage Society Endowment Fund
Judy and Mel Hecktman^
Mari S. Hirsh Scholarship Fund^
Stuart and Barbara Hochwert*^
Abraham Holcman Fund
Estate of Franklin Horwich
Penny and Tim Jack*^
JCC Women’s Auxiliary Endowment Fund^
JCC Chicago Yiddish Institute
Bette M. & Larry Kahn
David and Arlene Kallick
   in Memory of Jack and Ester Chizewer
Noel and Doris Kaplan Family Fund
Deborah and Jon Karmin
Barbara and Jordan Katz Family Foundation
Ruth Klain
Benjamin and Michelle Klein*
Norman Korff^
Paul H. Leffmann*
Abraham Lev
Martin Levine
Saralyn D. Levine and Bert I Pollan Fund
Laurie F. and Paul D. Lieberman Fund*^
Hamilton Loeb
Karyn Lutz and Marshal G. Lutz^
Missy and Allen Malmed*
Gayle Malvin^
Dr. Steven and Marisa Mandrea*
Gail and Frederick Manning*^
Aviva and James Matanky*
Estate of Rhoda S. Mendelson^
Robin and David Nankin*
JoAnne B. Pekin Fund
Neil and Laurie Price
Caryn and Mark Putterman^
Joseph and Sylvia Radov Fund
Reich Family Philanthropic Fund^
Rick and Jocelyn L. Rein
Lisa Reisman and Jason Busch*
Cheryl (Chickie) and Steve Rosen^
Arlene and Edward Ruff*^
Sacks Family Foundation
Helen and Leonard Schechtman Fund
Alan and Susan Sataloff*
Alice Schimberg Trust
Ilene Schur
Patricia (Tricia) Scobey*
Rose Shure
Rose and Sidney N. Shure Kehilla Program
Estate of Rosalyn Siegel
Estate of Arline Silverman
Betty C. Solomon
Susan and Laurence Spector*^
Michael Srulovitz
Estate of Morris Steiner
Patti and Avery J. Stone Fund
Seymour and Roslyn Simon Trust
Vicki and Jerry Tenner*
Sandra and David Wanger^
Mrs. Bernard Weinger
Yiddish Institute Endowment for Jewish Education and Culture
Anonymous (11)
Anonymous (4)^


*Create a Jewish Legacy
^JCC Chicago Women’s Auxiliary

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