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Legacy Giving


“It is not your responsibility to finish the work of repairing the world, but neither are you free to desist from it.”

If you have supported JFCS East Bay year after year, a legacy gift—such as a charitable bequest in your will, retirement plan, or trust—will ensure that our work in the community stays strong and thriving for generations to come.

While a simple bequest is the most common way to give, other options include retirement plans, trusts, life insurance, and estate plan gifts. We can work with you and your professional advisors to help you determine the most appropriate gift for your personal and financial goals. Donations may be made to honor the memory of a family member, friend, or colleague.

No matter the size of your estate, your legacy gift will be part of ensuring the future of our agency, now more than 140 years old.

JFCS East Bay is participating in the community-wide Create a Jewish Legacy initiative. Our legacy commitment form can be found here.

Bequest Language

To leave an unrestricted JFCS East Bay bequest, you may use the following language in your estate documents:

“To Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, Berkeley, California, taxpayer identification number 94-3250304, I give [#% of the remainder of my estate] or [the sum of $#] to the board-directed reserves of JFCS East Bay.

This example is provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice. If you decide to make a bequest, please consult with your legal professional, who can draft appropriate language for your will or trust.

Please Let Us Know

If you haven’t told us about your legacy gift, please do so. We would like to thank you during your lifetime for your generosity, vision, and partnership. You will also be invited to join JFCS East Bay’s Legacy Society, which honors those who have planned a legacy gift.

Please contact Courteney Coolidge, Donor Relations Manager, at (510) 704-7480, ext. 760 or  to learn more about making a legacy gift to JFCS East Bay.