The most common form of legacy giving is a bequest in your will specifying a gift to JFS. A bequest affords you flexibility and control over the legacy you leave behind. Deferring a gift until after your lifetime makes your donation exempt from federal estate taxes. The federal estate tax can take approximately 40% to 50% of one’s estate at the time of death. Making a bequest allows a larger portion of your estate to be given to your loved ones while supporting JFS. If you already have a will, you may be able to make your gift by preparing, with the involvement of your estate planning attorney, a codicil (a brief written amendment) to your will.
Donations to the JFS Endowment Fund ensure that our agency will be here for as long as people need us. We are fortunate that throughout our history, many donors have decided to contribute to the JFS Endowment Fund. This fund serves as a major resource for our agency, meeting emergency needs, providing seed money available for new programs and supporting innovative solutions to the needs of our community. All contributions of $2,500 and above offer donors the opportunity to create a Fund name which can be created in honor of a loved one or their own name.