Planned Giving

Center for Jewish Philanthropy

The Center for Jewish Philanthropy is designed to support philanthropists in their quest to better the world around them. The commitment to repair the world, one good deed at a time is known as Tikkun Olam and is one of the universal precepts of Judaism. Each performance of a mitzvah (good deed) and every act of charity helps make the world whole.

As of December 31, 2013, the Center held more than $701.8 million in assets in 818 funds and 37 supporting foundations.  In 2013, more than $63.4 million was granted out to Jewish and secular organizations in Chicago, the United States and Israel from the Center's donor advised funds, field of interest funds and supporting foundations, transforming lives in our local community and around the world.

How It Works

The Center for Jewish Philanthropy helps bridge the gap between generations and provides a forum to nurture and celebrate core Jewish values. A skilled cadre of professionals devoted to making charitable giving simple, effective and satisfying, provide resources that help guide your personal philanthropy as much-or as little-as you'd like.

Center Expertise

  • Receive one-on-one guidance about how to best use your charitable dollars.
  • We’ll show you how to establish a legacy of giving for your children and grandchildren.
  • Learn from philanthropic professionals about the practices, policy issues, tax implications, ethical perspectives and funding opportunities.

Educational Opportunities

  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of not-for-profit board membership.
  • Delve into issues of intergenerational philanthropy.
  • Learn about current directions in local and overseas grant making.
  • Attend seminars to help you hone a variety of philanthropic skills, from how to evaluate grant proposals to framing a mission statement for your family foundation.


The Center routinely brings together key players in the philanthropic arena. Join Jewish Federation foundations, private, family and community foundations and examine issues of common concern. Network with and learn from other Jewish philanthropists, national and international leaders and institutions, as well as local colleagues.

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