Endowments serve as enduring pillars of support that provide stability and longevity to Jewish Federation and our community. By establishing an endowment, donors ensure that their contributions continue to make a lasting impact far into the future. Through careful planning and strategic investment, endowments empower organizations to sustain their mission and serve their communities for generations to come. 

Endowments established decades ago continue to sustain Jewish Federation and our community to this day. Your endowed gift not only fulfills the hopes and dreams you hold for our Jewish community but also leaves a lasting impact on your family’s legacy. Our team possesses the expertise to assist you in crafting a personalized planned gift that holds profound meaning for you.  

With just a bit of foresight and planning, you can create a gift that truly lasts a lifetime. 

 Funding methodologies and their benefits are shown here


Starts with you!

Plan Your Legacy

An endowment is a permanent fund that provides annual income for programs, projects, agencies, organizations or initiatives you care about. When you establish an endowment with Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, you create a lasting legacy that helps ensure the future of our Jewish community.

Designated & Field of Interest Funds

You can create a permanent fund earmarked for a purpose that you feel is most important – social justice, Jewish education, eldercare, or another cause that is meaningful to you. You can specify the area of interest you wish to support or designate a specific agency/organization that will receive annual distributions.

Gifts in Memory of a Loved One

The Lion of Judah and Men’s Tree of Life Memorial funds provide a meaningful way for you to honor the memory of a loved one. Your one-time gift of $5,000 (separate from annual campaign giving) will be added to the appropriate endowment fund to perpetuate support of Federation’s mission in their name.

Lion of Judah Endowment

A Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) allows you to perpetuate your Lion of Judah annual campaign gift to Jewish Federation.

Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment

A Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment (PACE) allows you to perpetuate your annual gift to Jewish Federation.

Pomegranate Endowment

A Pomegranate Endowment (POME) allows you to perpetuate your annual Pomegranate level gift to Jewish Federation.

Plan Your Gift

Planned gifts can take many forms, including lifetime giving
and commitments that will be fulfilled as part of your estate plan.

Here are a few popular techniques:

Outright Gift or Multi-Year Pledge

You may fund your endowment through an outright gift or a multi-year pledge. This allows your endowment to begin supporting our community during your lifetime and may provide estate and/or income tax benefits.


Make a difference that transcends your lifetime by including a gift to Jewish Federation in your will or trust. We’ll work with you and your advisor to craft language that clearly reflects your intentions.

Life Insurance

Did you know that you can name Federation as the owner and beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy? This is an excellent way to leave a larger legacy than you might otherwise have thought possible. Your policy can become a powerful and simple way to support our work. Simply transfer the ownership to Federation and complete a beneficiary designation form to name Federation as the policy beneficiary. Or you can take out a new policy and irrevocably name Federation as the owner and the beneficiary of the insurance contract.

IRA Distributions

You may give any amount (up to a maximum of $100,000) per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Jewish Federation without having to pay income taxes on the money. This popular gift option is known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution, or QCD for short. You can use it to support Federation’s Annual Campaign, or to fund a permanent endowment.

Donor Advised Fund

Think of a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) as a charitable giving checking account. Use your DAF to easily recommend grants to the charities you care about. While DAFs help organize lifetime charitable giving and may provide current income tax benefits, you can also designate Jewish Federation as the ultimate beneficiary of your DAF to perpetuate your philanthropy.

For more information email us at welcome@jfnnj.org