Your Chapter on Philanthropy

Your Chapter on Philanthropy

By Jackie Jacobs

The Columbus Jewish Foundation Endowment Book of Life

Each of us begins life with a blank sheet of paper. Well, it’s more like a book of blank pages. As we go through the days and years, we write our story through our thoughts and doings.

Some of us live long enough to have a book of many pages … and some live for only a few pages. Some have many chapters denoting a variety of interests and involvements; others have only a half dozen or so.

As you write your life’s story through your deliberations and deeds, will there be a chapter devoted to philanthropy? And will it include gifts to your favorite charity?

Our hope is that your book of life will include many wonderful thoughts and experiences regarding your association with the Columbus Jewish Foundation and that your chapter on philanthropy will include something like, “My Bequest is the Columbus Jewish Foundation: What I Gave and Why.”

Or perhaps your philanthropic chapter will have a section on, “My Charitable Gift Annuity: The Gift That Gave Back.”

Perhaps another section might be, “The Day I Discovered Endowments and Why I Established One in My Spouse’s Name.”

There are lots of possibilities for filling a chapter on giving.

As Chief Executive Officer, I help people write inspiring stories about planned giving. I will be happy to visit you and listen to your hopes and dreams for your chapter on philanthropy … and guide you, as a good “editor,” in finding just the right way to express your support for your favorite charity.

Article appears as originally published in the Ohio Jewish Chronicle Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Jackie Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, the Central Ohio Jewish community’s planned giving and endowment headquarters.