How to Give

The Foundation’s Mission and Vision is to empower you to create your legacy. There are so many ways for us to assist you in achieving your goals. Feel free to review, explore and then contact us so that we can discuss the best ways for you to fulfill your passions and dreams.

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Current Giving Opportunities

Donor Advised Funds

Your personal account at Foundation, with the sole purpose of using it to make charitable contributions to organizations you are passionate about. Your contribution is an immediate tax deduction, and then you can recommend grants to charities as quickly or slowly as you’d like.

Community Partners

Organizations, congregations and agencies throughout Jewish Buffalo that work closely with the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.  Here you’ll find their websites with information on programming and giving opportunities.


A Restricted Fund established to accept Qualified Distributions (QCD) from an Individual Retirement Account. QCDs enable individuals to fulfill their required minimum distribution by a direct transfer of up to $100,000 to charity.

“It’s not how much or how little you have that makes you great or small, but how much or how little you accomplish with what you have.“

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch
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Planned Giving Opportunities


Permanently restricted funds where the principal is invested, resulting in a portion of your growing fund that is distributed annually to support your personal philanthropic mission.


Create benefits for you, your beneficiaries and a charity. With two options for charitable trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts, you can be sure to fulfill your philanthropic dreams while taking care of your beneficiaries.


Gifts of assets (such as stocks, bonds, jewelry, and/or cash) that is made as part of a will or an estate plan to ensure your legacy lives on from generation to generation.


Plan for your charitable giving in perpetuity by using your life insurance policy. With three different options, customized to meet each donors’ specific needs, you can fulfill your charitable mission and preserve your legacy.

The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies would be honored to assist you and your family in preserving your legacy.

Irving H. Levy, Executive Director
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