Planned Giving

Field of Interest Funds

A Field of Interest Fund allows you or your family to create a permanent charitable fund earmarked for a purpose that is especially close to your heart. For example, care for children with special needs, services for seniors or Jewish education. You designate the aspect of community life your fund will address, and then recommend qualified charitable organizations-in the Jewish community and beyond-that will benefit from contributions.

Funding a Field of Interest Fund

Create your own Field of Interest Fund with a minimum, tax-deductible contribution of $10,000 in the form of cash, marketable securities, or credit card payment. Additional contributions to the fund are accepted at any time. There is no minimum amount for subsequent contributions.

How a Field of Interest Fund Works

Once you have opened your Fund, Jewish Federation staff will work with you to plan how distributions will be made to support the interest that you have designated. You may also name successor advisors to be involved in continuing the important work you have begun.

Donor Benefits

  • Allows your charitable dollars to grow tax-free.
  • Lives on in perpetuity at Jewish Federation, a long-term expression of your commitment and a permanent memorial to your generosity.

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The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago does not provide legal advice. Donors are encouraged to consult their independent tax and legal counsel.