$1 million in funding
for security initiatives each year
$382k raised
to support Ukrainian Jews
120+ Columbus kids
sent to overnight Jewish summer camp

Planned Giving

Create your JewishColumbus legacy through the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Wills and Bequests

Are you looking for a way to make a significant gift to help further our mission? A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support our cause.

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Endowments and Forever Gifts to the Annual Campaign

An endowment is a permanent fund of the JewishColumbus/ Columbus Jewish Foundation that provides an annual income for programs, projects, agencies, organizations or initiatives of particular interest to you and your family.

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Retirement and Life Income Assets

Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets such as a gift from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan is an excellent way to make a gift to our organization. Other valuable assets are Annuities and remainder trusts, which provide you or your loved ones with income for life or term of years, and support the charity of your choice after your lifetime.

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Donor Advised Fund

Create a “charitable checking account,” which you can add funds to and recommend distributions from as you desire to benefit charities you are passionate about.

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Supporting Foundations

Supporting Foundations are separate entities from the Columbus Jewish Foundation that have their own tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. A separate board of trustees, comprised of the donors and representatives of the supported organizations, is appointed to guide investment policies and consider the charitable distributions. Donors enjoy an income tax deduction equivalent to the value of the gifts made. What makes a Supporting Foundation unique is that it is a separate, non-profit entity (like a family private foundation) that qualifies as a public charity because of its direct affiliation with the supported organization. Supporting Foundations enjoy all of the benefits of being classified as a public charity, such as:

  • No tax on investment income.
  • Gifts of real estate and closely held stock are deductible in full at appraised or market value.
  • No restriction on closely held stock.
  • Gifts are deductible at higher limits than those made to private foundations.gifts of real estate

For some donors, gifts of real estate may be the most convenient way to make a meaningful gift as they continue to support the work of JewishColumbus and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. There are many methods that donors may use to make gifts of their homes or other real estate through a bequest or, more commonly, through a lifetime transfer, with significant tax benefits.

Trusted Charitable Advisors Program

JewishColumbus is proud to offer a service for Professional Charitable Advisors in the greater central Ohio area. We work with financial/wealth advisors, estate planning attorneys, accountants and insurance brokers.


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Questions? Let’s connect.

Lori Maier Wishne

Senior Foundation Director