Join the B’nai Tzedek Youth Council!
The Youth Council meets monthly to learn about local community needs, engage other teens in philanthropic giving, and plan the annual B’nai Tzedek Shuk. Meetings will be held remotely until further notice. Sophomore Annie Fingersh is looking forward to a second year on the Youth Council. She says, “Other teens would love being on council because it is an amazing way to help and give back to our community. It is such a fun way to meet other teens interested in philanthropy and helping others.”
For more information, please contact Beatrice Fine at (913) 327-4618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
J-LEAD Grants $19,000 for Covid Relief
J-LEAD, the Jewish Community Foundation’s young adult giving circle, recently allocated $19,000 to support urgent community needs resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. J-LEAD members met virtually through Zoom to hear presentations from grant applicants and then made the collective decision to award the following grants:
- Village Shalom - Victory Disinfectant Sprayer
- Jewish Family Services - Key Products for the Food Pantry
- Torah Learning Center - Kosher Meals on Wheels
- KU Hillel - Wellness Initiative
- Jewish Federation - Coronavirus Relief Fund
- Jewish Vocational Service - Global Gardens Staff
Lindsay Fineman, J-LEAD Chair, said, “It was wonderful to be able to come together with other young adults to support some of the most pressing needs of our community resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s process felt especially meaningful and gratifying.”
In addition to grant making, J-LEAD meets several times a year for educational programs, volunteer opportunities and social events. If you would like more information about J-LEAD, contact Josh Stein at (913) 327-8121 or email@example.com, or visit jcfkc.org/jlead.
Talking Estate Plans with Josh Stein
During these unusual times, as in normal times, one thing that we at the Foundation have particularly enjoyed is helping donors contemplate and eventually implement their charitable plans. Many people have used this time to review their estate plans and to give some thought to their philanthropic priorities. Being able to embark on the process of drafting a meaningful and personal plan with our donors is extremely fulfilling. People are often intrigued by the creative approaches that others have used and the ability to plan for uncertain realities of what the philanthropic needs will be in the future after they are gone. Some are excited by the ability to engage their children or other successors to oversee their charitable funds, others enjoy the ability to name specific charitable beneficiaries and appreciate the ability to make changes throughout their lifetimes, and others to name areas of need to be served by their funds with contingencies to account for changing circumstances. Most donors employ a mix of the various approaches and the ability to leverage the knowledge, experience and trust of the Foundation team.
The Foundation works with donors of all financial capacities and philanthropic experience and many plans are not funded during the donor’s lifetime. Each plan is as unique as the donor that creates it, and we consistently hear that donors find the process itself deeply rewarding. People enjoy the experience of determining those causes and organizations that matter most, and considering how to address their primary charitable priorities.
As community member Robin Onikul said, “Working with the Jewish Community Foundation is a wonderful way to take control of all my giving now and in the future. It is convenient, practical, and allows me a way to leave a legacy so that those who oversee my fund after I’m gone can preserve my philanthropic intentions.”
All great plans start with a simple and open-ended conversation and we would love to have one with you to help find ways to maximize your impact now and into the future. Please reach out and check one more thing off your to-do list, you will be so glad you did. I may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (913) 327-8121.
Grow Your Impact with a Gift of Stock
While many Jewish Community Foundation fundholders have historically replenished their funds or opened new funds at the end of the year, consider whether a contribution of appreciated stock at this time may enable you to lock-in gains while providing resources for future charitable giving. For more information, contact Kevin Taylor at email@example.com or (913) 327-8134.
“We were talking with our financial planner about making a contribution to our JCF Donor Advised Fund earlier this year. We usually donate appreciated assets from our investment accounts to avoid capital gains tax exposure. Earlier in the year when the markets contracted, we delayed making a donation. Now with some of the markets having mostly recovered, we’re rethinking our decision. With appreciated assets, this could be an attractive time to make a donation to a Donor Advised Fund.” - Stewart Koesten