The Legacies Society
The Book of Life
The Legacies Program is an endowment development initiative of
the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies. Its purpose is to promote and encourage the creation of permanent endowment funds to insure the continuity of Jewish life. These endowment
funds will help sustain our institutions and perpetuate our values.
The Legacies Program is a joint undertaking between the
Foundation and its local Jewish client agencies, organizations, temples and synagogues. The Foundation serves as the custodian for endowment funds for the Buffalo Jewish community and
currently manages assets in excess of $90 million.
How to Create Your Legacy
Both people of substantial and modest means can create lasting legacies at the Foundation by making provisions for
endowment gifts during their lifetimes or in their estate plans. Funds can be tailored to individual charitable goals and financial circumstances.
Donors can create their own named fund for any gift of $10,000 or more. Such funds can be established with a minimum initial
contribution of $1,000 and a commitment to complete funding over a period of time.
Endowment commitments may be funded with both current and deferred gifts. The Foundation works with donors and their
advisors to arrange gift plans offering significant tax and other financial benefits.
For the Jewish People
Funds for Education and Culture to provide for formal and
informal Jewish learning and support of cultural arts.
Funds for Israel and World Jewry to provide for rescue, resettlement and social services in Israel and in Jewish communities throughout the world.
Funds for Judaism
to provide support for temples and synagogues and to preserve our religious heritage.
For the Jewish Family
Funds for Elderly Adults to provide for health and social services to enhance the quality of life for elderly people.
Funds for Children and Youth to provide for scholarships,
education, recreation, social needs and Jewish experiences.
Funds for Families to provide services for families in need and to strengthen the Jewish family.
For the Jewish Community
Community Endowment Funds to provide unrestricted funds
for emergencies, opportunities, and changing community needs.
Funds for Capital Development to provide for the development and maintenance of community buildings and facilities.
Funds for Community Development to provide for resource
development, planning, community relations and leadership development.
The Legacies Society
In order to recognize those individuals and families who have created significant, permanent endowment funds, the Foundation has established the Legacies Society. Qualifying
gifts include funded trusts and endowments managed by the Foundation, where principal is to be held intact and income is to be distributed for charitable purposes. Legacies gifts may be
made to the Foundation or to any one or more of the Foundation's participating agencies. Members of the Legacies Society have demonstrated visionary leadership and through
their legacies, have expressed a meaningful commitment to the future of the Buffalo Jewish community.
Please consider joining this growing group of endowment donors. For further information and a
confidential consultation, call:
Foundation Director at (716) 204-1133